|Elsa Schiaparelli |
Really, I don't think there could be a more fitting quote for Elsa Schiaparelli. Schiaparelli lived through the great depression of the 20's and both World Wars. I don't think that there could have been a much more difficult time to go through. These were back-to-back atrocities and as a result fashion changed drastically. World War I ended in 1918, and with it ended the reign of aristocracy and it's associated apparel. There has really never been a more radical up-heaval in women's fashion to match that of the early 20th Century. Women went from wearing corsets and gowns that went down to the toes...
|Edwardian Era Wedding Gown|
|Parisian Models in the 20's|
...to shapeless flappers that went all the way up to the knees.
Elsa Schiaparelli had grown up with these extremities and when she burst onto the fashion scene in 1928 she had her own agenda. Her fashion never conformed to the style of the day but instead maintained an "outrageous" personality