At a Paris cafe, in a conversation between Meret Oppenheim, Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar admiring Oppenheim's fur-covered bracelet, Picasso remarked that one could cover anything with fur, to which she replied, "Even this cup and saucer." Soon after, when asked by André Breton, Surrealism's leader, to participate in the first Surrealist exhibition dedicated to objects, Oppenheim bought a teacup, saucer, and spoon covered with the fur of a Chinese gazelle. In so doing, she transformed genteel items into sensuous, sexually punning tableware.
• Thomas Burberry invented gabardine back in the 19th Century, this was his breakthrough. Burberry's trademark is the trench coat.
•Roger Vivier, also known as the Fabergé of footwear, invented the coma heel.
• Prada first opened as Fratelli Prada a leathergoods store in 1913. Mario Prada, the founder, did not believe in women interaction with business. Ironically, his daughter in law took the helm of Prada and subsequently his grand daughter. • In 1956 Givenchy banned the press from his shows, saying, 'A fashion house is a laboratory which must conserve its mystery'. • Ann Demeulemeester said: 'The things that meant something to you when you were sixteen stay with you forever. They are your roots.' • Cristobal Balenciaga said: 'No woman can make herself chic if she is not chic herself''.