As an excuse to dress up a pathetic list of over-priced consumer goods, a Canadian publication trotted out the names of MAE WEST and Elsa Schiaparelli. We'll repeat the sentences that refer to Mae, omitting the silly items with their inflated pricetags.
• • Rea McNamara writes: Chanel disdainfully referred to great rival Elsa Schiaparelli as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Granted, Schiaparelli (“Schiap” to friends) wasn’t a born tailor, but with a clientele that boasted Mae West and Marlene Dietrich, she remains an innovator whose broad-shouldered form-fitting suits redefined the fashionable silhouette. . . .
• • Rea McNamara explains: Schiaparelli gave the world “shocking pink” — — a signature shade somewhere between fuchsia and red — — that is still in use today. It was also the name of her 1936 perfume that came in a bottle inspired by Mae West’s hourglass torso (which was copied by Jean Paul Gaultier for his own torso-shaped perfume bottles). . . .
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• • Article: "That Italian artist who made clothes"
• • Byline: Rea McNamara
• • Published in: EYEWEEKLY.COM [625 Church St., Toronto, Canada M4Y 2G1]
• • Published on: 24 September 2008
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •