On December 13, 1954, couturier Elsa Schiaparelli closed the doors to her Paris maison and went quietly into retirement until her death in 1974.
The French fashion house is now revived with new blood: Marco Zanini. He’s taken over the designer’s maison, literally, working in the space that once belonged to the designer, affectionately known as Schiap. “I wanted to be upstairs where the seamstresses are,” Zanini told W magazine of his decision to incorporate the space where Elsa had a boutique on the ground level of 21 Place Vendôme and some offices in the mezzanine.
A space where Zanini is hard at work creating his very first couture collection for the brand due to hit runways in January. “Shiaparelli, which recently named Zanini its creative director headlines the official calendar for the next couture week in Paris, schedule Jan. 20 to 23rd,” Women’s Wear Daily is reporting.
And how’s this for an interesting fun fact: Zanini once wrote to Christian Lacroix saying he was so moved by his work and the designer answered back! Lacroix even gave Zanini his blessing as creative director while working on his tribute to the larger-than-life designer.
We’re happy to see this piece of fashion history get revived!