It seems like things are finally happening at Schiaparelli.
A year after Diego Della Valle announced he would revive the storied label, rumors of a creative director finally being named are swirling, and today Schiaparelli has confirmed that the inimitable Christian Lacroix has been tapped to design a limited-edition capsule collection.
According to the release, Lacroix has created 15 unique pieces for the house in tribute to its inimitable founder Elsa Schiaparelli.
“In this persona incarnating a true aristocrat, one finds a spirit where mathematics and literature as well as poetry coexist: Elsa is a sacred sphinx who never ceases to interrogate us while offering us new enigmas as answers,” Lacroix said in the release.
The capsule collection will interpret Schiaparelli’s iconic creations, and will be showcased this July at 21 place Vendôme, the historic address where Elsa once worked and where the house is now based.
“Art, theater and cinema… my wish is to reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world,” Lacroix explained.
This is only the beginning of an ambitious revival for Schiaparelli: Following Lacroix’s homage to Elsa, “leading names” in the contemporary art world will, according to a release, be “asked to give their interpretation of the famous designer.” Their contributions will go on display at 21 place Vendôme in the first of an “annual rendez-vous” this summer. It’s no doubt a fitting tribute to a designer who was as involved in the art world as the fashion industry.
And, of course, besides the tributes, the release reminds us “the maison will also develop collections by the future artistic director of the Schiaparelli maison.” Needless to say, we’re excited for Schiap’s next big announcement.