BillyBoy* (with the asterisk, always!) is a collector, artist, and designer whose creations are part of the permanent collections of the Met Costume Institute and the Musee des Arts de la Mode, among many others. As a collector he is famous for his interest in couture, fashion dolls, and antique dollhouses, and is the owner of the largest collection of Elsa Schiaparelli garments in the world. With his partner Lala he founded the Fondation Tanagra in Switzerland, a non-profit organization that benefits the arts, and works in particular for LGBTQ equality.
"Inspired by Shocking Life, Schiaparelli's own memoir, FROCKING
LIFE will resonate with anyone who loves fashion and flamboyant
storytelling. Built around some of the most iconic pieces ever
created by the designer, this book is about endless discoveries,
and the meaning that can be transmitted, across decades, by a
simple piece of clothing."
--City Book Review
"We can't put down FROCKING LIFE: SEARCHING FOR ELSA
SCHIAPARELLI by BillyBoy* (Rizzoli Ex Libris). The tome is
terrific blend of memoir, fashion history, and insight into the
life and work of the legendary fashion designer Elsa
Schiaparelli. Inspired by Shocking Life, Schiaparelli's own
memoir, Frocking Life will resonate with anyone who loves fashion
and flamboyant storytelling. Which we love. A great deal."