Designer Quick Profile: Elsa Schiaparelli


September 10, 1890 – November 13, 1973


  • Born in Rome, Italy
  • Studied philosophy at the University of Rome
  • First got attention with her sweater design which featured a tromp l’oi scarf around the neckline. The sweater was ordered by Lord & Taylor and featured in Vogue magazine.
  • Schiaparelli was the first to use synthetic materials like rayon jersey and cellophane in couture.
  • Schiaparelli regarded fashion as an art form and dresses and collaborated with many of her friends in the Parisian avant garde art scene.
  • Responsible for costuming of thirty movies such as Pygmalion, Every Day’s a Holiday, Jump for Glory, and The Beloved Vagabond

Important Designs:

  • Scarf neck sweater, 1927
  • Wrap dress, 1930
  • Glass cape, 1934, made of Rhodophane
  • Lamb chop hat
  • Shoe hat, 1937 (collaboration with Salvador Dalí)
  • The “divided skirt”, a precursor to shorts, similar to culottes
  • Lobster print dress, 1937 (collaboration with Salvador Dalí)
  • Reversible black/white gown
  • Visable zippers and zippers as embelishment
  • Use of whimsical buttons (tamborine, hands, vegetables, etc.)

Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC










About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email crazechameleonstudio@gmail.com

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