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 Jean Cocteau. Her clients included the heiress Daisy Fellowes and actress Mae West. Schiaparelli did not adapt to the changes in fashion following World War II and her couture house closed in 1954.
In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.
Den stolzen Sieger stu« rzt sein eignes Glu« ck. The victor is often vanquished by his own success.Elsa Schiaparelli
Mehr als das Leben lieb' ich meine Freiheit. More than life, I cherish freedom.Elsa Schiaparelli
Mitt der Dummheit k a« mpfen G o« tter selbst vergebens. Even the gods themselves struggle in vain against stupidity.Elsa Schiaparelli