I wast reminded of the designer recently when a friend gave me a collection of bookmarks with quotes for cooks. My favorite one:
"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness".
Elsa Schiaparelli taught me much. I was lucky to see her show in Philadelphia with my oldest friend Leslie, six years ago. We spent two and a half hours in awe of her talent that day, the longest I've ever spent at a museum show.
The designer with no prior knowledge, created her very first evening dress by sewing it onto herself before going to a party one evening with her brother. She hand designed it with no training, in just a few hours. Her creation turned out to be a big hit that evening!
I can't pinpoint exactly what I saw or heard that day at the show, but what I took away was this: Something infused into my being, about how to create and alter clothing that fit. Thank you Elsa!
Do you know Elsa Schiaparelli?