Elsa Schiaparelli created some of the most shocking (her favorite definition) and outrageously provocative accessories of the 30s. Her purely artistic and lively approach to fashion set her far apart from the designers of this time. She took her accessories seriously and considered them an integral part of every collection and usually designed the accessories for her ensembles herself
Schiaparelli played with contradictions and opposites to challenge our ideas of what those fashionable ‘little conceits’ as she called her accessories should look like. And she did it always with much humor and imagination which is probably why they are still so interesting and fun to research. Salvador Dali was a big influence and friend who often provided inspiration as he did for the 1936-37 autumn /winter collection. This was the collection that featured the shoe hat, jackets with embroidered lip shaped pockets and the finger nail gloves shown here. Made of black antelope they were tipped with red snakeskin fingernails and red piping at the bottom edge.
As over the top as they may have seemed – they were copied by more moderately priced manufactures who interpreted them in a more commercial way. Here is an ad for the Tip Top Glove by the Fownes Glove Company.
The gloves were made of rayon suede and the dyed to match tips and trim were of glace leather. The seams and stitching gave them a sleek, slim fashion look that was considered more acceptable. Which ones would you wear?