In the 1930s Schiaparelli met, and formed a professional relationship with Albert Lesage, of Maison Lesage, that would continue to the end of her design career. His boundless imagination was fully ready to aid her in bringing her most surreal ideas into being. Lesage had prided itself on being at the forefront of new materials use, and so was perfectly suited to Schaiparelli, who wanted to use all manner of unusual materials to create her work.
Eventually, Maison Lesage created embroideries for her that incorporated straw, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, mirrors, metal, feathers, leathers, and of course beads and sequins of every sort. And where Lesage's work for her was most permitted to shine was in one of the signature pieces of the house, the evening jacket with a short basque below the waist, and a slightly puffed sleeve. This design would appear endlessly throughout her career, in a huge array of variations.