The biggest name in female fashion design? Gabrielle Chanel. It seems obvious today, but it wasn’t always the case. Beginning in the late 1920s, her supremacy was fiercely contested. Another designer, just as famous and equally admired, disputed the title of the ‘queen of haute couture’, from Paris to Hollywood… Her name ? Elsa Schiaparelli.
Their styles were diametrically opposed. Their clientele was identical. From this paradox was born the most bitter rivalry in the history of high fashion. An emulation that gave rise to the most important innovations haute couture has seen.
In this film, Marisa Berenson, Schiaparelli’s granddaughter, and Claude Delay, a close friend of Chanel’s, evoke the lives and rivalry of two great pioneers in the emancipation of women. Other specialists provide insightful views , with the expert eye of the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, London, and the pertinent contemporary vision of Karl Lagerfeld.