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Iconoclast designer Elsa Schiaparelli is most remembered for infusing a sense of wit and irony into her designs through surreal touches. Schiaparelli’s Fall 1939 music-themed collection celebrated music, quite literally, with drum-shaped button closures, embroidered musical notes and music boxes designed into belts and hats. This particular dress, owned by heiress

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Cat’s Out of the Bag

Before launching his own collection in 1981, Japanese-born Tokio Kumagaï attended the Bunka College of Fashion (where Kenzo and Issey Miyake would also matriculate) and soon after began designing footwear for Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre d’Alby. For his eponymous label, Kumagaï went beyond the expected, offering up designs that incorporated appliqués, patchwork details and

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Cross Check

Peter Lindbergh’s 1988 November cover for Vogue Magazine (also Anna Wintour’s debut cover) featured a black jacket by Christian Lacroix, encrusted with a Byzantian-like bejeweled cross. The couture jacket, provocatively styled with a pair of the model’s own acid wash jeans–the model being Israeli model Michaela Bercu– typified the then-novel idea of high-low

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Double Breasted

Supper club to the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Romanoff’s Restaurant was the setting of an unforgettable image featuring Italian bombshell Sophia Loren sizing up her American counterpart Jayne Mansfield and veering disapprovingly at her excessive décolletage on display for the world to see. Of all the 50s bombshells, Jayne

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A Good Sport

With a design philosophy that flouted trends in favor of his own whimsy, Geoffrey Beene marched to his own fashion drum. Lauded for his expert construction and skillful seams, his pieces were not without a touch of the unexpected. In the vein of Chanel and Patou, Beene would employ a

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Make a Splash

Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2009 SS campaign featured a denim-clad couple soaking in a bathtub. For Love Magazine’s SS 2013 issue, photographer duo Mert and Marcus also took to the tub when photographing Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss and Chloe Moretz. Jean Paul- Gaultier Jeans SS 2009 Ad Cara Delevingne by Mert and

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Smoke and Mirrors

German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s Dada background is evident in his collage-like images and photographic manipulations. In 1943, Blumenfeld would place model Lisette behind a full-length panel of fluted glass, photographing her rippled, fragmented silhouette. In 2012, photographer duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott would employ a similar tactic in photographing Madonna’s MDMA

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Hats Off

A year before the designer’s final collection, Cristóbal Balenciaga introduced his single-seam wedding dress in 1967. Balenciaga would take cues from the period’s affinity for futuristic cuts and tech fabrics, and in this case, reappropriated them into the unlikeliest of places, the traditional white wedding dress. With just one seam,

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Mousing Around

In 1987, Herb Ritts photographed Madonna in bed and undressed, save for the pair of minnie mouse ears affixed atop her head. Amused, she directs her gaze upwards, focusing further attention on the seemingly out-of-place Disney memorabilia.  For Elle Magazine’s May 2013 issue, Rita Ora covers the ”Women in Music Issue” issue, similarly

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Photo-Booth

When compared to his widely recognized contemporaries, Richard Rutledge remains relatively obscure today. Little is known about the slightly enigmatic photographer, however, a fondness for the color red is evident in his countless images that featured cherry-colored lacquered nails and dresses of crimson. True to form, a 1954 Rutledge image

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