Conversation around the dinner table last night touched on French couturière Elsa Schiaparelli, who, with her idiosyncratic style, is considered the most creative couturières of the 1930s and 40s. But she also merged fashion and art in a way nobody has done before, the Alexander McQueen of her time, and often collaborated with artists, as she did in the Lobster Dress for the Duchess of Windsor. As an artist, Schiaparelli was a part of the circle of the Surrealist movement. She was an artist who practiced fashion and loved provocative imagery, unorthodox colors, concepts, and extraordinary, whimsical ornaments. To me, Elsa Schiaparelli’s dresses are breathtaking. Aalways.