JACKET REQUIRED: One of Elsa Schiaparelli’s most iconic jackets — known as the Zodiac — is rising again. Bertrand Guyon, design director of the Place Vendôme couture house, has created a contemporary version of the jacket, part of the founder’s Astrological collection for fall 1938 and inspired by astronomy, constellations and the Sun King.
While the fit is updated, Guyon enlisted embroidery house Lesage to duplicate the original astrological motif. The sun, moon, stars and Ursa Major align with the 12 glyphs of the zodiac on the midnight blue jacket, rendered with crystals, caviar beads, golden metal plates and silver thread. Part of Schiaparelli’s so-called prêt-à-couture line, it retails for 15,000 euros, or $15,945 at current exchange rates.
According to Schiaparelli’s autobiography, “Shocking Life,” her astronomer uncle Giovanni Schiaparelli, who discovered the canals on Mars, believed the beauty spots on the designer’s left cheek resembled the Ursa Major constellation.
Jewelry designer Sabine Getty models the jacket for Schiaparelli, dressing it up with a chignon and dressing it down with jeans.