Surrealism meets the world of fashion in breathtaking style. Running now through January 14, 2018 Dalí & Schiaparelli is the first exhibition dedicated to the creative relationship and masterpieces of Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí.
The exhibit, presented in collaboration by The Dalí Museum and Schiaparelli Paris, explores how each artist’s innovative approach both delighted and shocked the worlds of fashion and art. Dalí & Schiaparelli will feature Haute Couture gowns and accessories, jewelry, paintings, drawings, objects and photos, as well as new designs by Maison Schiaparelli design director Bertrand Guyon.
Fusion of Surrealist art and fashion
Elsa Schiaparelli, regarded as the most prominent figure in fashion between the two World Wars, explored bold Surrealistic themes in her designs. She was heavily influenced by artists, particularly Dalí, with whom she often collaborated. Schiaparelli’s designs were like Dalí’s paintings in that they combined Renaissance precision with wild imagination and dreamlike visions.
“We are honored to present this exhibition which highlights not only the bold collaborations of Salvador Dalí and Elsa Schiaparelli, but conveys their kindred spirits and individual styles…Dalí & Schiaparelli provides a look into their friendship and partnership – one of the first and most innovative in art and fashion. Visitors can expect to be both captivated and seduced by the groundbreaking works of this duo.”
-Dr. Hank Hine, Dalí Museum Executive Director and curator of Dalí & Schiaparelli.
Beyond the exhibition in the galleries, The Dalí appreciates this celebration of fashion and art as an opportunity to recognize the relevance of style as a function of the universal need for personal expression, influencing self-perception as well as the impressions we make on others.