DIVElsa Schiaparelli , one of the leading fashion designers of the s, s, and s, was known for her flair for the unusual The first designer to use shoulder pads and animal prints, and the inventor of shocking pink, Schiaparelli collaborated with artists including Jean Cocteau, Alberto Giacometti, and Salvador Dal to create extraordinary garments such as the Dal Lobster Dress Schiaparelli had an affluent clientele, from Katharine Hepburn to Marlene Dietrich, who embraced her outrageous but elegant designs She designed aviator Amy Johnson s wardrobe for her solo flight to Cape Town inand the culottes for tennis champion Lil lvarez that outraged the lawn tennis establishment, and her clothes appeared inthanfilms, including Every Day s a Holiday with Mae West and Moulin Rouge Schiaparelli s fascinating autobiography charts her rise from resident of a rat infested apartment to designer to the stars DIVdivElsa Schiaparelli was one of the leading fashion designers of the mid th century She is best known for translating Surrealism into fashion Known for her flair for the unusual, she was the first to use shoulder pads and animal prints, and is the inventor of shocking pink Her garments are part of the permanent costume and textiles collections at major museums div