Elsa Schiaparelli was a fashion icon who created bold and artistic designs. She embodied a vision of Paris that was vibrant and brilliant. Her revolutionary approach to fashion allowed her to separate herself from other designers in the 1920s and 30s and continues to influence the fashion world today.
“Shocking! The Surrealist World of Elsa Schiaparelli” honors Schiaparelli with 577 works including 212 costume and fashion accessories, with 365 paintings, sculptures, jewelry, perfume bottles, posters, ceramics and pictures. Some of the pieces are signed by the biggest names of the times, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau and Meret Oppenheim. Hundreds of sketches and drawings from Schiaparelli are on display in this immersive experience. These pieces allow visitors to experience the freedom of dialogue, the freedom to be oneself, the freedom to create.
Schiaparelli became famous for her knitwear with optical illusions, her innovation in womens sportswear, and her surrealist designs. The exhibit starts with her sketches of some of her most famous pieces and then displays her work at the beginning of her career. Her revolutionary knitwear is on display and highlights her relationship with fashion designer Paul Poiret, who encouraged her to enter the world of fashion.
As visitors continue through the exhibit, they are able to view Schiaparelli’s thrilling designs and her collaboration with other artists. Schiaparelli wrote in her memoirs that she found working with other artists exciting because she believed that fashion allowed for all kinds of artistic contributions at each stage of the creative process of the collection.
Schiaparelli’s love for surrealism allowed her and Salvador Dali to connect and work together to make amazing art. The two shared an unlimited imagination, allowing them to make suggestive and provocative designs. The exhibit includes a room dedicated to their relationship and works Schiaparelli created with inspiration and collaboration from Schiaparelli. Outstanding pieces like her tear dress, shoe hat, and lobster dress, are all on display.
Schiaparelli grows her fashion house to the famous Place de Vendome and creates outstanding collections displayed in the exhibit. Walking through the rooms immerses visitors into the world of Schiaparelli and her surrealist designs.
While the house of Schiaparelli closed in 1954, in 2006 Diego Della Valle bought the iconic fashion house and reopened its doors at Place de Vendome. Today, the fashion house continues to dress prominent figures around the world, even designing Lady Gaga’s dress she wore at President Joe Biden’s inaguratioin. The exhibit finishes with displaying the fashion houses latest designs, illustrating the next generation of Schiaparelli muses who continue to shape culture and the conversation around it.
Shocking! The Surrealist World of Elsa Schiaparelli, is open now and will close January 22, 2023. The exhibit will be on display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. You can book your ticket on their website.
"Shocking ! Elsa Schiaparelli, les Mondes Surréalistes"
From July 6th 2022 to January 22th 2023
Musée des arts décoratifs (MAD)
107, Rue de Rivoli, Paris.
After a thorough search through the various rooftop terraces of Paris, we found five spots that offer the true joie de vivre. These locations not only offer some of the most breathtaking views of the city, but an unforgettable experience with creative menus, welcoming customer-service, and Parisian flare that will keep you there for hours as you sip your glass of Bordeaux and the sun sets behind you. Personal visits to these locations reasserted each rooftop’s kind staff, trendy setups, and of course, postcard views of the ‘City of Lights.’ We interviewed representatives at each location to give you the best advice and recommendations for your next rooftop visit from the experts themselves.
Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
Address: 243 rue saint Martin, Paris 3e.
What to Expect: An ideal place for a moment of well-being after a day of work or sightseeing.
The Service: Luxurious. Cozy. Spectacular.
Best drink: The best Cocktail I tasted during a photo shoot was Hysteria: Vodka Stolichnaya, passion fruit, Htheoria liquor, Matiha Skinos, lime cordial
Best dish: We serve à la carte snacks which vary between popcorns or organic crackers—all homemade.
Best time of day: Open every day from 4 p.m. to midnight, it's the ideal place to punctuate your day with an afterwork or an atmospheric Saturday.
Our Clients: Our rooftop is open to all, we welcome both resident customers and people wishing to enjoy an exceptional place to share a drink with friends, while enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Paris, with the Sacré-Cœur in the background.
Address: 135 bd Diderot, Paris 12e.
What to Expect: Enjoy the view of the most beautiful iconic monuments of Paris, have a drink at sunset; discover a rare film or a new artist depending on the evening
The Service: Caring. Cool. Young.
Best drink: A pool of Brad and Angelina rosé
Best dish: The real New York hot dog
Best time of day: Around 8 p.m. to enjoy the sunset over the Eiffel Tower
Our Clients: Active, Parisian, looking for new experience.
Mama Shelter West
Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris 20e.
What to Expect: Mama is an urban refuge, a place where you push open the door into a bubble of happiness. Families, couples, singles, professionals, everyone is welcome at Mama and everyone will find themselves in an unforgettable moment. Evenings, cocktails, DJ sets, Live Music, family brunches, workshops, etc…everything is planned.
The Service: User-friendly. Surprising. Professional.
Best drink: Cocktail Mama Loves You (absolut and Lillet white plum, jasmine, green tea)
Best dish: Coquillettes with ham
Best time of day: At sunset on the rooftop with a breathtaking view of Paris.
Our Clients: The Mama client ranges from 1 to 99 years old. Mama welcomes everyone with love and respect. At Mama, there are no rules, no limits, no gender, no color. Mama is for everyone, at any time of the day or night!
Address: 14 rue Crespin du Gast, Paris 11e.
What to Expect: To be out of place. We want to offer a moment away from the frenetic rhythms of the capital and their lives to enjoy a good cocktail while admiring a unique view.
The Service: Professional. Welcoming. Relaxed.
Best drink: The menu is scalable and we change it with the seasons. Right now, the Dracunculus and the Frida Kalor.
Best dish: Regina pizza, made by our pizza maker Edoardo
Best time of day: The sunset. The colors in the sky and the view of Paris remain a must-see in our Bar.
Our Clients: Cosmopolitans
La Villa M
Address: 24-30, boulevard Pasteur, 75015
What to Expect: Customers enter a place cut off from the world, where vegetation and minimalism intersect, a unique place concept-decorated by Phillipe Starck offering a hotel, a restaurant and its cocktail bar, a garden, a rooftop with a breathtaking view of Paris and its monuments, conference and co-working rooms, a fitness room including a boxing ring, and many other things...
The Service: Lifestyle. Warm. Neat.
Best drink: The 8th heaven is a must in this establishment, only available on the 8th floor (the rooftop), it stimulates the taste buds in particular with its homemade rhubarb juice and seeded redcurrant jam, all resting delicately on a Tequila Reposado infused with Darjeeling tea accompanied by a little soda with ginger extracts, a unique recipe in the world.
Best dish: The Vitello Tonato, freshly cut with candied ginger, dried tomatoes decorated with chopped mint for freshness, the base of a revisited Italian recipe.
Best time of day: The most magical moment to come and enjoy one of the signature cocktails is one hour before sunset on the rooftop. Contemplate the changing colors of the sky and the reliefs and perspectives with the passing clouds at the end of the day.
Our Clients: Our client has many facets, they come from the neighborhood and has seen this project grow since its genesis in 2017. They are also someone who wants to relax after work, in a place cut off from the world, rejuvenating. They are also a cosmopolitan and epicurean customer who wishes to discover new cocktails and delicious dishes during a dinner accompanied by a live musician on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, as well as invite their relatives to a Sunday brunch.
La Maison Chaumet is one of the most historic jewelry houses in the world. Being the official jeweler of Queen Marie Antoinette and then of Empress Josephine allowed Marie-Etienne Nitot (with will later become the Maison Chaumet) to create outstanding pieces of jewelry, including crowns, brooches and bracelets for more than 240 years. Chaumet has been the most sought after jeweler for hundreds of years and now some of Chaumet’s most beautiful creations are on display at the exhibit "Végétal" at the school of Beaux-Arts Paris, along with rare drawings from scientists, designs from Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, paintings from the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and much more.
A walk through nature
With no chronological order in the exhibit, visitors can truly be suspended in time, and appreciate all aspects of nature and its depiction in art. This extraordinary immersive journey takes you through a world of botany drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and many other art forms.
Inspired by nature, the exhibit includes over 400 works. There are nearly 100 pieces from Chaumet, paired with works from Monet, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent. Over 70 museums, foundations, galleries and private collectors have lent works, including Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Institut de France. All of these pieces work together to allow visitors to truly see the inspiration from nature told through art.
A rare meeting between the arts and sciences
The exhibit takes a botanist point of view, drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and other artists. The exhibit also has rarely exhibited scientific pieces and drawings from scientists like Joseph de Jussieu. The pairing of art and science allows visitors to find greater meaning in art and science, being told through paintings, textiles, photography, furniture and jewelry.
The exhibit will run until September 4, 2022 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 13, quai Malaquais in the 6th arrondissement. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and can be booked online.
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