‘Whenever someone talks about Schiaparelli, there’s always Chanel looming in the background. She was the courtesan who dreamed of a squealy clean bourgeois life. And Schiaparelli was the polar opposite – a great aristocrat who lied, reinvented herself, stirred everything up and got in cahoots with the Surrealists, who gave cachet to her paradoxes. I’ve always believed that you choose this profession to measure yourself to someone you end up resembling. At least that’s why I chose it. I had absolutely no need to make a living. I simply needed to make up my own scenario’.