Princess Alice's 1939 Elsa Schiaparelli Dress | Beyond Palace Doors

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This 1939 dress by designer Elsa Schiaparelli belonged to Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester. Schiaparelli was known for her unique style; she collaborated with surrealist artists and experimented with new materials. This dress is no exception, with intricate and unique details. Assistant Curator Isabella Curaça reveals what we know about this fabulous piece of couture now on loan to us from the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

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Thornback says:

This is amazing, Scaparelli has clearly been the van Herpen of her time.

TheWhiteJam says:

Isabella Curaça's enthusiasm is infectious, thanks for the fascinating video!

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Daniel Hammond says:

I liked the curator as much as the frock! And all these years I have been mispronouncing Schiaparelli's name! I do recommend her autobiography. It is very interesting and not just for fashion devotees. Thank you for the video.

mary allen says:

Absolutely lovely dress…

omfug says:

The curator is wearing a nice little Chanel jacket. As a dealer in vintage clothes and jewelry I have had a few Elsa Schiaparelli pieces over the years but only ready to wear of course.

elderly poodle says:

The lobster gown !!! 🥰

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