Thursday, September 27, 2012

'Fall' in love with Coral

1940s Coral & Filigree Necklace
Between WWI and WWII, the fashion houses of Chanel, Dior and Schiaparelli dominated the world of fashion design. In 1947, Dior presented the "New Look." Soft natural shoulders, fitted jacket and waistline were paired with full-flare, calf length skirt. The austere, military style of the decade was swept away in the anti-ration whirl of yardage required to create the round skirt. But, it was Elsa Schiaparelli who was the most innovative and experimental. She produced a string of fashion 'firsts'-- patterned knitwear, pop art themes, surrealist trompe l'oeil images printed on fabric, divided skirts and culottes (shocking!), swim and ski wear. Readers of 1930s Vogue magazine perused Schiaparelli fashion pages in private. She dazzled the fashion world with costume jewelry designs of large scale and materials made expressly for her collections by companies such as Daniel Swarovski. Crystal costume jewelry became truly indispensable for chic daytime and evening attire. This filigree bead collar is based on her notion of the importance of fashion jewelry to fashion.

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