Sunday, April 17, 2016

Chapeaux Unique

My adoration for this lively vintage "Chapeaux Unique" hatbox cannot be overstated! The circumference of the box is adorned with lighthearted European vignettes that i want to pop into; so, instead, I am painting each of them! This particular scene includes a pair of dancers who seem unaware of the tower of hat boxes teetering nearby. And, while the size of the painting didn't allow all the hat labels to be included, it is worth noting that one box references Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, a rival of Coco Chanel who was greatly influenced by the Surrealists and dressed the likes of Mae West. And, in the words of Ms. West, 
"It's better to be looked over than overlooked".. so, thanks for looking :)