In her autobiography Elsa wrote about sowing flower seeds in her ears and mouth in the hopes that she would flower into a beauty.
While she may have lacked in classical, model good looks her wild, creative imagination is a true beauty. She collaborated with artists like Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp and André Breton. She designed costumes for Mae West, and Zsa Zsa Gabor and is well know as a hat designer and perfumer.
Rival to Madame Chanel, the two are on completely different planets. Schiaparelli took the fashion world to another level introducing looks and ideas that were way ahead of their time. (So to did Chanel but Schiaparelli was really WAY ahead in her thinking and designs)
She is credited with introducing the zipper into fashion. Has a patent for folding eyeglasses and introduced color hosiery.
So, the next time you see a lobster on a dress or a woman wearing a shoe on her head you can thank the marvelous Elsa Schiaparelli. Here is the full Impossible Conversations with Stalin and Elsa Schiaparelli. It’s darn funny.