Jean Schlumberger for Schiaparelli Harlequin Brooch, Commedia dell’Arte Collection, Spring 1939, French

1stdibs, the online luxury marketplace, is celebrating Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli by hosting an exclusive online sale on 2 May 2012. The stunning pieces on display are of course truly breathtaking, and include this Telephone Compact with original mirror and powder puff (pictured below), the result of a collaboration between Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali. Further on offer will be key pieces of costume jewellery, sunglasses and accessories.

Hopefully the upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art of Schiaparelli’s and Prada’s work will revive the interest in this genius designer who was truly an arbiter of avant-garde fashion, fearless in her creativity and the ‘inspiration’ for many a current designer.

Words by Anna Bang

Salvador Dali for Schiaparelli Telephone Compact, Fall 1935, French

Jean Schlumberger for Elsa Schiaparelli Pair of Ostrich Clips, Circus Collection, Summer 1938

Jean Schlumberger for Schiaparelli Pine Cone Necklace, Summer 1939, French

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