Elsa Schiaparelli

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Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Starting with knitwear, Schiaparelli's designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborators Salvador Dalí and Alberto Giacometti. Her clients included the heiress Daisy Fellowes and ... more »

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  • ''Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.''
    Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), Italian fashion designer. Shocking Life, ch. 21 (1954).
  • ''Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats and furbelows, by trinkets, by clothes easy to copy, or by the shortening or lengthening of a skirt.''
    Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), Italian fashion designer. Shocking Life, ch. 9 (1954).
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