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Elsa Schiaparelli

Fashion designer, born in Rome, Italy. After studying philosophy, she lived in the USA, working as a film scriptwriter, then went to Paris in 1920. She designed and wore a black sweater knitted with a white bow, as a result of which she received orders from a US store, which started her in business. Her designs were inventive and sensational, and she was noted for her use of colour, including ‘shocking pink’, and her original use of traditional fabrics. She featured zippers and buttons, and made outrageous hats.

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