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Dilys E. Blum. Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museum of Art. 2003. Hardback, dust jacket. 320 pages. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 colour images. 34 x 28mm (1¼ x 1"). 2.7kg. . English. Near fine; very minor creasing to dust jacket, with a small 1cm closed tear to front and some light surface wear to rear, internally excellent with no marks or inscriptions.'Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973) was the premier style arbiter of the 1930s - a favourite designer of women who made the best-dressed list, of female sports heroes, and of film and theatre actresses. This comprehensive book accompanies the first major American retrospective of the work of this startling, groundbreaking Paris fashion designer. Shocking!explores the Italian-born couturière's career from its modernist beginnings in the 1920s and its connections with Surrealism to the upheavals caused by war, the business struggles in the years that followed, and the closing of her salon in 1954. ... Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred reproductions of Schiaparelli clothing and accessories, this book includes the extensive group of objects that the designer presented to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1969 as well as contemporary photographs documenting Schiaparelli's salons, homes, and designs; patent office drawings; fashion sketches; works by the period's leading fashion photographers, such as Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst; works of art that complemented, influenced, or were influenced by her designs; and stills from many of the American, British, and French films and plays with which she was associated. Together the text and illustrations celebrate a masterful designer who defined dressmaking as an art rather than as a profession.' (from the blurb).