“There’s basically nothing new out there,” he said. “Everything is constantly being rehashed and cross-referenced.”
“The nice thing about those pieces from the ’50s is that they’re not so expensive, even now coach factory store,” said Mark Walsh of Vintage Luxury, who sourced this collection for 1stdibs.com with his business partner coach factory store, Leslie Chin. “So everybody can have a little something Schiaparelli.”
On May 2, 1stdibs.com, the marketplace for all things vintage, will unveil a selection of rare Elsa Schiaparelli jewelry, timed to a museum show that connects her work to that of another influential Italian designer coach factory store, Miuccia Prada.
The items for sale were made between the 1930s and 1950s. They range in price from $350, for a pair of japanned metal ear clips, to more than $50,000 for a makeup compact shaped like a rotary telephone dial, which Schiaparelli designed with Salvador Dali around 1935.
While there are some expensive couture pieces, much of this collection consists of licensed jewelry that Schiaparelli had mass-produced in the ’50s. In New York, these pieces — like a very Deco palm leaf brooch ($350) or an Anglo-Indian wirework bib ($1,250) — originally sold at stores like Bonwit Teller or Saks Fifth Avenue for about $40 each.
The exhibition that this collection is pegged to, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” opens on May 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. In the show’s handsome catalog, distributed by Yale University Press, Judith Thurman writes that the kinship between the two Italian designers is “so striking as to seem mimetic.”
There are traces of Prada even in these Schiaparelli accessories, Walsh said. Take a pair of cat-eye sunglasses ($2,400) embellished with little pink roses, which Schiaparelli designed in 1957 for American Optical. They bear an uncanny resemblance to Prada’s spring 2012 jewelry collection, which is similarly festooned with enamel roses, and now in stores.Related：