Callas vs. Tebaldi, the Tigress and the Dove
Thursday 5th November @ 7:00 pm. Metropolis I
Director: Katia Chapoutier
The biggest name in female fashion design? Gabrielle Chanel. It seems obvious today, but it wasn’t always the case. As of the end of the 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 clienteles were identical. From this paradox the bitterest rivalry in the history of high fashion was born. An emulation that gave rise to the most important innovations haute couture has ever 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 too, with the expert eye of the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, London, and the pertinent contemporary vision of Karl Lagerfeld.