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French haute couture dresses: Schiaparelli inducted to fashion’s elite list with Chanel

Rising from the ashes not too long ago, Schiaparelli now holds one of the fashion worlds most coveted spots alongside its oldest rivals Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy Share

Fashion label Schiaparelli completed its remarkable resurrection Tuesday when it was inducted into the elite ranks of Paris haute couture houses. The historic brand founded by the Elsa Schiaparelli, the great rival of Coco Chanel in the 1930s, closed its doors in 1954, the year that Chanel returned to the business after her wartime hiatus.

It only returned to the podiums three years ago after the name was bought and revived by the the boss of the Italian brand Tod, Diego Della Valle. The French Couture Federation said it was also adding the 41-year-old French designer Julien Fournie to its highly-prized register.

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