A great couturier and visionary artist, Elsa Schiaparelli brought an artist’s sensibility to 20th century fashion. She was the first to assign a theme to her Haute Couture collections starting in the early 1930s.
Her Winter 1938-39 “Astrology” collection was inspired by the solar system, constellations, astronomy and astrology. The Zodiac jacket is her most iconic design and most personal expression of this theme. The embroidery by the House of Lesage set against a midnight blue background outlines “caviar” beaded galaxies, gold and silver planets, crescent moons, swirling rhinestone comets and shooting stars. Twelve embroidered glyphs representing the signs of the zodiac adorn the front of the jacket.
As a child, Elsa felt a deep affection and immense admiration for her uncle, Giovanni Schiaparelli, the renowned astronomer. In her autobiography, Shocking Life, Elsa Schiaparelli recounts that her uncle told her the beauty marks on her cheek were arranged like stars forming the Ursa Major constellation. Embroidery depicting this House of Schiaparelli emblem also illuminates the jacket’s left shoulder.
Today, the House of Schiaparelli is turning the spotlight on this iconic Zodiac jacket. Available in a new limited edition with a re-proportioned cut and decidedly modern feel, the jacket’s extraordinary embroidery remains unchanged once again entrusted to the masterful craftsmanship of the House of Lesage.
Starring Sabine Getty, the limited edition shows its timeless allure from day to night.
Exclusively available at Schiaparelli, 21 place Vendôme.