"All I see is distorted by my obsession with creation, to which I head at 200 miles an hour."

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Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 15.19.36 1988 Printed Fleece "Olympia" from the work of Edouard Manet

At just 18, Elisabeth joined Dior, where she stayed for five years. Here, she mastered the craft of the design and clothes manufacturing process. After her years at Dior, she wanted to break away from Paris' established fashion houses and challenge the codes of conventional design.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 15.19.09 Autumn - Winter 1987/88 JACKET printed quilted fleece "Rolling Stones" Black and White

In 1974, Elisabeth went solo, launching designs which used blue and indigo dye and patterns inspired by her travels to China. Her designs on the catwalk, with their breathtaking modernity, represented a new era of fashion.

"The creation, for me, is a succession of moments that fit into each other to arrive at a work."

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 15.20.17 Autumn - Winter 1988/89 TOGETHER black cotton blend sprinkled with sequins and metallic colored stars

In her designs, Elisabeth plays with graphic novels, comics, all screen printed on jackets, dresses, knits and woven jacquard coats. She uses references of Pop Art, such as adorning a Lichtenstein graphic on a sweatshirt, as well as other artists including Edouard Manet.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 15.20.41 Spring - Summer 1982 VEST "Hologram"

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As well as her fine art influences, Elisabeth is passionate about the links between technology, science and fashion. Her designs work with such fabrics as latex, neoprene, perforated aluminum, hologram fabrics and even optical fibres.

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 15.18.39 Autumn - Winter 1980/81 MINI-DRESS Printed Fleece "Romans Photos"

Elisabeth de Senneville's designs are undeniably modern and have stood the test of time.

Artcurial's three sales on 4th July, entitled Fashion Arts, will feature Elisabeth de Senneville's designs as well as pieces by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Gucci, Dior, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to name a few.

Check out the full sale on Barnebys here.

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