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Edited by Lester Brathwaite on March 12 2012 at 6:15 AM

Inspired by a photo of Dalí balancing his wife’s slipper on his head, that same year saw the debut of the infamous “Shoe Hat,” a black felt number in the shape of a woman’s pump with a heel in Shocking Pink — another Schiaparelli innovation.

Story by Lester Brathwaite

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