Schiaparelli presents Story #1
A new ready-to-wear project

Shiaparelli RTW project x Man Ray


Drawing upon its legacy of collaborations with artists, artisans and talents, Schiaparelli presents Story – a new foray into ready-to-wear and accessories. Each Story – a concise wardrobe of prêt-à-couture edited around a theme – delves into Schiaparelli’s past, present and future to relate to today’s women.

Story #1 is dedicated to Elsa Schiaparelli’s long-time friend and collaborator Man Ray. Clothes and accessories – in limited edition – play with his original art yet give it an entirely new context. A new beginning, Story #1 allows a fresh take on the fundamentals. From black & white that is at the origin of their respective styles to a renewed art-meets-fashion expression, Story #1 translates the relationship of two creative friends into a contemporary wardrobe.

Schiaparelli’s expression “Stop, Look and Listen” and Man Ray’s epitaph “Unconcerned, But Not Indifferent” set the tone of the conversation: an imaginary dialogue in which he would bestow his iconic compositions and she would shape 2D into 3D fusing fabrics, cuts and details to create ultra-feminine urban silhouettes.

A sense of ease gives life to dresses and tailoring. They breathe sophisticated elegance with a relaxed allure. A feeling of luxe and a light hand challenge structure, texture and sportswear. Man Ray’s The World – Electricity is peppered with golden stardust becoming sleek midnight jacquard coats or tuxedos. A collage of his most legendary works is turned into a street-style camouflage of silk crepe art. The red floating lips and the shocking pink vision of a solarized woman add vibrant hues to the subdued colour palette.

In a nod to surrealism, graphic motifs are made into quirky jewellery. Spiral glasses become necklaces and brooches while gloved hands are enamelled into bracelets. The bag – the Secret of Schiaparelli – contrasts a shiny golden padlock with matte printed leather or jacquard like shadow sporting light.

Film & Photos by 
Call This Number, Douglas Hart, Steve Mackey
Art directed by Katie Grand
Starring Anna Cleveland, Anna Rubin, Charles Jeffrey, Dilone, Dree Hemingway, Lily Nova, Mariana Zaragoza, Pat Cleveland, Stephen Jones, Tricia Akello
Music by CSS – Alala
Hair by James Pecis
Makeup by Miranda Joyce
Manicure by Jenny Longworth
Hair colour by Josh Wood
Casting by Anita Bitton
Team Robbie Mailer-Howart, David White, Lynette Garland, Oliver Volquardsen, Alison O’Brien

© MAN RAY TRUST / Adagp, Paris 2018

Schiaparelli x Man Ray / Ready to wear project
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