" Of the many delusions of grandeur there is one that mankind just cannot accept with failure: the overpowering of death over life, of nature over men. Disputing not with science (eventually become a huge pharmaceutical business), the most romantic literature gave birth to masterpieces such as Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray, but in our days trying to bring back to life something that no longer exists (or to make it live forever) passes inevitably through substantial economic investments. It goes without saying that often we no longer speak of people (thankfully not), to make them eternal, but of their genius.
Even with mixed success these operations have shown that the works should be left to their authors and to remember them as they were at times is better than any magic that will get them back among us."
"Gliding down sharply in the fashion world, a few days ago in Paris it was presented the first haute couture collection Christian Lacroix has designed for Schiaparelli fashion house. Those who now spend their days in drawing up the list of good and bad of this parade, as if their lives depended on it, have already expressed their competent opinions. However it is inevitable to ask yourself some questions. One of all: why? The luxury groups at the head of this resuscitation, have had their reasons, supported by very precise calculations, but the question remains among us mortals. We mortals that, trivially, if we think of the gift that a husband can do to a wife, we think of flowers, of a ring, of a trip, of a car or of an apartment (if they’re wealthy). But it has happened, e.g., in a very recent past that a sheik has given to one of his wives la maison Valentino.
The aesthetics in tailoring of Elsa Schiaparelli’s will not return simply because it makes no sense to come back in the twenty-first century, not even in principle. Again, it’s not a judgment on what Lacroix has designed, it is only the sorrow, so hard to die, for these operations, which require huge amounts of money, and are never about young talents. Schiaparelli lived so intensely, a thousand troubles, that hers was really a creativity applied to life, to business. If they wanted to make her eternal, even more than what she is, they should have borrowed her courage and readiness to face the risk. And finally face the failure, knowing its inconsistent value."
Text by Marino Bombini. Any opinions expressed in this report are solely those of the author.