Paris Couture Week, 03 February: Presenting his third collection for Schiaparelli during the Paris Couture Week, artistic director Daniel Roseberry pays tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s experimental spirit that came to life through collaborations with Dali, Cocteau and Man Ray.

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer who began her career with knitwear and ended up becoming one of the most prominent figures in the fashion industry.

Sharing her influence over his work, Roseberry quoted, “One thing that a couture atelier can uniquely do is embellishments, and these pieces are dazzling examples of the art of embroidery and beading. I’ve always admired how Elsa embroidered pieces—in an era in which embroidery had a whispery, almost recessive quality, hers were barbaric and unapologetic.”

Explaining his take on the idea of what couture truly is, Roseberry added, “I wanted to challenge the idea of what couture is, and should be, by making clothes that respect the tradition of not only this Maison but the artistry behind it, while at the same time exploding the cliches associated with the genre. I want to make an alternative couture house: here, the fantasy isn’t princess dresses or polite garments; here, the fantasy is within.”

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