It's been seven years in the making, but we're finally getting a glimpse at Elsa Schiaparelli's revival.
Next week during the couture shows, Christian Lacroix will unveil his Schiaparelli tribute collection--18 looks which will be displayed in an exhibition rather than a fashion show. WWD got a glimpse of some of the designs, including a sketch Lacroix did, featuring a voluminous, textured black garment adorned with Schiaparelli's signature lobster. From what we can tell from the photos, volume will be an ongoing theme throughout the mini-collection.
“It’s as if it was a musical about Schiaparelli, and I’m in charge of the costumes,” Lacroix told WWD. Since the collection is not intended for retail, Lacroix likely had carte blanche to indulge all his Schiaparelli fantasies.
The collection will be showcased on mannequins with faces made to resemble Schiaparelli herself, during an invite-only three-day exhibit held at Musée des Arts Décoratifs. As a nod to Schiaparelli's first boutique, visitors will enter through a "cagelike" structure, similar to the one Jean-Michel Frank built for the designer in 1935. After the exhibit closes, the collection can be viewed by appointment only.
Lacroix is set to be the first of many "creatives" to pay tribute to the house with special one-time only exhibits.
While we're still waiting for Diego Della Valle, who bought the Schiaparelli trademark and archives seven years ago, to officially name a creative director, WWD reiterates that Marco Zanini, previously of Versace and Halston, is expected to take the reigns. But maybe we won't have to wait too much longer--the Lacroix-Schiaparelli exhibit would be an excellent setting to make a big announcement, no?
Click through for more behind-the-scenes images of Lacroix's Schiaparelli collection.