Fearless. Surreal. Sometimes shocking. Italian modernist Elsa Schiaparelli made a name for herself with her bold designs. What does it take to carry on her vision and bring her design house in to the future? A singular man, who has confidence, determination, and imagination.
Daniel Roseberry, the new artistic director of Schiaparelli, is up for the challenge. Putting forth his own visions for surrealism (and fearlessness), Roseberry presented during the Paris couture shows a few weeks ago, showing off a celebration of the female form and material craftsmanship. He is the first American to head up an established French couture house, and at 33, one of the youngest. Born in Dallas, Roseberry secured the job in May, which left him only two months to prepare a collection of 30 couture-level looks for the Paris show. However, after spending 10 years at Thom Browne, Roseberry was eager to embrace a different way to design. Reviving a house is a daunting endeavor, but he saw it as an opportunity to engage more fully with the depths of his own imagination. He also is determined to keep the original spirit of Elsa Schiaparelli’s aesthetic, drawing inspiration from her designs, while updating for the modern age. “I wanted to clean everything up and make it super modern, sporty even, but still maintain this very generous, dreamlike quality,” he says. “That’s the kind of alchemy that doesn’t exist right now.” To learn more about Elsa Schiaparelli, we encourage you to browse our collection, which includes:
Elsa Schiaparelli: Empress of Paris Fashion by Palmer White
Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli by Dilys Blum
Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography by Meryle Secrest
Information for this post was taken from this article in the New York Times.