Auction house Christie’s will be presenting The Personal Collection of Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris on January 23, 2014. The sale will be monumental for the international world of fashion, style, and design. The collection of items comes to the market having passed by descent to Elsa Schiaparelli’s granddaughter, actress Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson. Madame Elsa Schiaparelli, a deadly rival of Coco Chanel, was at the heart of avant-garde ideas in 1930s Paris. A powerful conduit between the worlds of cutting-edge fashion and surrealist art, she was a collaborator, friend and patron to many leading artists of the day, from Salvador Dalí and Man Ray to Christian Bérard, Jean Cocteau, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, and Marcel Vertès.
The auction will contain 190 items from the private collection of Schiaparelli – featuring fashion, furniture, and fine and decorative arts.