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T+L Reports: Surreal Chic

"Materials should either be very beautiful, or odd and amusing," said Italian-born designer Elsa Schiaparelli. A retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art lets you see exactly what she meant. "Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli" showcases more than 70 of her "Surrealist chic" designs, including herwool-and-silk harlequin coat; a suit worn by Marlene Dietrich (with gilt bronze buttons by Alberto Giacometti); the famous1927 black sweater with white trompe l'oeil collar that made her an American success; and even her 1937 Salvador Dali-inspired "lobster dress." Also on display are fashion photographs from the thirties and forties by the likes of Horst P. Horst and George Hoyningen Huene. The exhibition catalogue reproduces previously unpublished sketches, including those submitted to the U.S. Patent Office for some of her wittiest conceptual designs (September 28-January 4).
—Francine Maroukian

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