Schiaparelli is coming back in a big way. Not only is the surrealist label featured in the Costume Institute’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit which opens this week, the house—which shuttered in 1954—is now being slated for relaunch in Paris.
Schiaparelli owner Diego Della Valle (who also heads up Tod’s) is searching for a designer—who he expects to name in September, WWD reports—to spearhead the relaunch. Back in March, he was rumored to be considering John Galliano for the position, but Della Valle firmly dismissed those reports. The brand’s first products (accessories, fragrances, cosmetics, and some clothing) are expected to drop in February.
In the meantime, Della Valle has tapped Farida Khelfa—best known as a muse for Azzedine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier—to be spokeswoman for the brand. Khelfa is expected to wear vintage Schiaparelli to the Met ball tonight.