Schiaparelli Lait de Beauté

Marcel Vertès creates a gorgeous icon of femininity in this 1951 ad for Schiaparelli. The illustrator and costume designer most famous for his Oscar-winning efforts on Moulin Rouge suggests the figure of a young woman with the fewest, most graceful of ink lines. His bold use of negative space makes this a charming portrait of innocent sensuality. Inspired by the French Impressionists, Vertès was one of the country’s most illustrious commercial artists- following in the footsteps of Boutet and Toulouse-Lautrec.




This original print was published in a periodical from 1951.

We do not sell reproductions. Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This original print was published in a periodical from 1951.

Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.





Marcel Vertès


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24.5 × 31.5cm | 9"44 x 12"2

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Frame Specifications

Size: 32.7 × 42.7cm or 12.87″ x 16.81″

Frame material: anodised aluminium

Color: black

Glass: “float”

At VAA we deploy modern technology to preserve these antique illustrations. The uniquely hard-wearing frames we use are designed in Switzerland; their durability results from the process of anodising. Anodising is a surface treatment which protects and decorates aluminium using an anodic oxidation process. As a result of this, these frames are especially resistant to corrosion and heat, protecting this vintage art from wear and tear.
We frame each illustration ourselves in our workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. The float glass we use is crystal clear with a very flat surface and carefully polished edges. The frames are 32.7 × 42.7cm (12.87″ x 16.81″). The result? We present you with a period illustration- a genuine antique- enclosed by a frame of the highest quality. In this way, we like to think we’re bringing modern technology and antique artistry together.


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