Elsa Schiaparelli

Starting with knitwear, her designs were heavily influenced by Surrealists like her collaborator Salvador Dali…things introduced to high fashion by Schiaparelli include: square shoulders combined with nipped-in waistlines, wacky prints, graphic patterned sweaters, jackets to wear with evening gowns,  ready-to-wear boutiques for couturiers, sportswear mix-and-match separates, colored zippers, the wrap dress, the skort, and the wedge heel. Her legacy of spectacular designs with entirely innovative approach to fashion has greatly influenced contemporary fashion and inspired modern fashion designers, including Galliano, McQueen, Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent.

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