Fashion from Mars

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Taking another look at the V & A online, they have a fantastic collection of Schiaparelli designs. They’re noticeable for their beautiful details:
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and her choice of interesting people to collaborate with on her strange, surreal pieces, such as Jean Cocteau on this 1937 evening coat:
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and Salvador Dali for this little incredibly modern-looking black Skeleton Dress from 1938:
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Interestingly, she was the great niece of the astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, famous for his observations on meteor showers and author of a book, Life on Mars.
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(Picture from Bibliodyssey.)