Thursday, April 23, 2015

Schiaparelli and Madra Lord

A Shocking Collaboration

The collaboration between fashion designer and film star is well-documented: Adrian and Joan Crawford, Orry-Kelly and Bette Davis, Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney, Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn. All had a special relationship on screen as well as off. So perhaps it's not so shocking that a fictional movie star diva from Monolithic Studios would embrace the modern and whimsical style of famed Italian designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. Mme. Schiaparelli's flamboyant flair for design would almost certainly appeal to the often over-the-top personality of Madra Lord.

This 1940 original Schiaparelli hat, created exclusively for Dave Herstein & Co (New York), could have easily been the inspiration for Miss Lord's smart and stylish hat from Robert Tonner's "Arrival at Port" ensemble.

Miss Madra Lord
Like a Fox Madra Lord is from Ashton Drake.
Arrival at Port suit ensemble is from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.
Photo of Schiaparelli hat is from The Millinery Monitor, 1940.

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