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The Slyly Surreal Excellence of Elsa Schiaparelli as Exhibited in American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection at The Brooklyn Museum

Presenting a necklace, designed by the Outstandingly Excellent Elsa Schiaparelli, made, in 1939, of clear Rhodoid, which was, according the The Brooklyn Museum, “a newly developed material that suited Elsa Schiaparellis design intent for this, perhaps her most macabre and certainly one of her most iconic designs. The transparent foundation creates the illusion that the insects are crawling directly on the skin of the wearer’s neck. Yet Schiaparelli was never too heavy-handed: her choice of brightly colored, toy-like ornaments tempers the repugnant effect.” The piece is part of American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, the extraordinary exhibition currently on view at The Brooklyn Museum in New York. For additional information, please click HERE.

Elsa Schiaparelli (French, born Italy, 1890–1973). Necklace, autumn 1938. Clear Rhodoid (cellulose acetate plastic); metallic green, red, pink, blue, and yellow painted pressed metal ornaments. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta Ramos, 1955 (2009.300.1234).

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