The symbolism of hands


The symbolism of hands

The Symbolism of Hands: from Gargas to Elsa Schiaparelli.

by Rossella Locatelli

published in ORNOTMAGAZINE 07/2013

“The symbolism of hands in the work of Elsa Schiaparelli is part of her personal, ironic apparel revolution: her dresses are no longer ruled by men’s desire, they start portraying female taboos such as childhood, eroticism, the double, the pagan goddesses. The hands around the waist or along the coat closure, the red nails, the false claw nails, all these features affect the culture of appearance and the meaning of clothing and body adornments distorting and mocking them. […]”