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50 Most Legendary Hats Throughout History Elsa Schiaparelli's Shoe Hat

Elsa Schiaparelli's Shoe Hat

Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli designed her famous “shoe hat” for her fall 1937 collection, at the behest of her friend Salvador Dalí, who got the idea from a photograph that his wife, Gala, took of him with one of her high-heeled shoes balanced on his head. The hat was the epitome of surrealist fashion and worn by Schiaparelli herself, as well as Gala Dalí and Daisy Fellowes, the editor of French Harper’s Bazaar and a devoted client of Schiaparelli’s. In 2012, the hat was prominently displayed at the entrance of the Met's Costume Institute exhibit, "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations."

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