Nov 21, 2019

Elsa Schiaparelli, Paris

Elsa Schiaparelli, Paris

1934, printed 1984

Ilse Bing

(American, 1899-1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 20.5 x 16.4 cm (8 1/16 x 6 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.5 x 16.4 cm (8 1/16 x 6 7/16 in.); Mounted: 43.5 x 35.4 cm (17 1/8 x 13 15/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2020.299


Did you know?

Essentially self-taught in design, Schiaparelli was one of the most important Parisian fashion designers between the World Wars.


She met Ilse Bing in through mutual friends in 1933 and hired her to photograph her creations. Both strongminded, successful women, they also shared affinities for Surrealism and fantasy. To see a Schiaparelli dress photographed by Bing, see works 2014.529 and 2015.247; for an advertisement for a Schiaparelli perfume, see 2019.182.

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