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Schiaparelli’s Zodiac Collection

Monday 4 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| £9

Schiaparelli’s Zodiac Collection:

Astrology Fashion 1938

Lecture – Dr Sabina Stent

The planets, stars and ‘celestial fashion’ can been seen all over the catwalk, however Elsa ‘Schiap’ Schiaparelli (1890 – 1973) got there first. The Surrealist designer had huge impact: she  was a collaborator of Salvador Dalí, Leonor Fini and Jean Cocteau, a rival of Coco Chanel, and pioneer of everything ‘Shocking Pink.’ In the summer of 1938 Schiaparelli’s unveiled her Zodiac Collection: jackets emblazoned with planets, dresses with stars, and capes with suns.

Fascinated by astronomy since childhood, she drew inspiration from Euclid’s Elements, the solar system (which fascinated her) and the constellation Ursa Major, which was her personal talisman.  This illustrated lecture will specifically revolve around Elsa Schiaparelli’s Zodiac Collection, but will also look at her love of astronomy, her scientific approach to couture,  and the collection’s effect on contemporary fashion.  We look, finally, upon the way in which heavenly bodies informed other women artists associated with the Surrealist movement.

Sabina Stent is an independent scholar who researches, writes and lectures on the subject. Her PhD thesis was “Women Surrealists: Sexuality, Fetish, Femininity and Female Surrealism” (Birmingham, 2012). She previously lectured at Treadwell’s on “Leonor Fini: Surrealist Sorceress” to a sold-out audience, and “Valentine Penrose: Surreal Occultress.”

Price: £9    Ring, or book online here below

Time: Arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. No latecomers


Monday 4 June
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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