The ACI Book Club is open to all ACI members with an interest in exploring the world of fashion focused literature.
The second book for the 2019-2020 season is Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography by Meryle Secrest.
She was known as the Queen of Fashion. Her fashions, inspired, from the whimsical to the most practical—from a Venetian cape of the commedia dell’arte to the Soviet parachute. She collaborated with some of the greatest artists of the twentieth century:Jean Schlumberger, Salvador Dalí (his lobster dress), Jean Cocteau, photographers Baron Adolph de Meyer, and the young Richard Avedon. She was the first designer to use rayon and latex, thick velvets, transparent and waterproof, and cellophane.
Here is the never-before-told story of this most extraordinary fashion designer, perhaps the most extraordinary fashion designer of the twentieth century, in her day more famous than Chanel.
The book is available via public library. The ACI Book Club meets in the Lemon Art Research Library at Phoenix Art Museum and is invited to a no-host lunch at Palette following the book discussion.