from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Schiaparelli, Elsa 1896-1973. Italian-born fashion designer noted for her use of brilliant colors and synthetic materials in haute couture designs.
  • Schiaparelli, Giovanni Virginio 1835-1910. Italian astronomer who first observed lines on the surface of Mars, which he described as canals.

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  • n. Italian astronomer who first noted lines (which he called canals) on the surface of Mars (1835-1910)
  • n. fashion designer born in Italy who was noted for her use of synthetic materials and brilliant colors (1896-1973)


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  • An Italian astronomer called Schiaparelli, looking through his telescope in the nineteenth century, said he had seen canali on Mars’s rust-red surface.

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  • Of course much of this can be wrong, such as Schiaparelli’s ideas of Martian canals and ETs there.

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  • There on the left hangs a rare 1940s gown by Surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

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  • Antwerp fashion "Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion" presents a variety of knitted garments, exploring historic and current fashion trends by designers such as Ann Salens, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Schiaparelli, Chanel and others.

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  • They began with the astronomer Schiaparelli, who in 1877 thought he could see "canali" on Mars, soon energetically interpreted by Percival Lowell as irrigated valleys, clearly proving the existence of intelligent life.

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  • Next spring, the Met Ball will highlight its show on Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada .

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  • She commissioned local seamstresses to fashion jackets, dresses, peasant style blouses, quilted skirts and hats that she mixed with the high fashions of Paris designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Mainbocher.

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  • Among them was Wallis Simpson, who was so taken by Ms. Rogers's Tyrolean costumes that she commissioned designers Mainbocher and Schiaparelli to recreate the look for her wedding trousseau.

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  • Our third subject, Surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli, was once as dominant in the fashion industry as her then-rival Coco Chanel.

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  • Here, the model-actress -- and granddaughter of Elsa Schiaparelli -- talks about her remarkable career, her new book, A Life in Pictures, and what it was like to work with Saint Laurent.

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