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Altina Schinasi's Google Doodle Tribute: 9 Fascinating Insights


Famous Personalities  •  4 Aug, 2023  •  2,001 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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Today, we celebrate the life and contributions of Altina 'Tina' Schinasi, an American designer whose creative genius redefined women's eyewear fashion. Google's tribute to this iconic personality on her 116th birthday is a testament to her lasting impact on design and culture. From the bustling streets of Manhattan to the sophisticated galleries of Paris, Schinasi's indomitable spirit and innovation shine brightly, even years after her passing.

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Childhood and Origins

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Born in 1907 in Manhattan to immigrant parents, Altina was introduced to the rich cultural tapestry of New York. Her keen artistic inclinations prompted her to travel to Paris, immersing herself in its vibrant art scene and setting the foundation for her illustrious career in design and art.

Educational Pursuits and Mentorship

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While attending The Art Students League in NYC, Altina honed her artistic skills. During this period, she collaborated with global icons like Salvador Dalí and George Grosz. Their mentorship provided invaluable insights, and the influences they left on Altina greatly impacted her visionary designs.

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The Inception of the Cat-Eye Design

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Feeling that women's eyewear lacked diversity and creativity, Altina found inspiration in the Harlequin masks from Venice. This muse led her to develop the revolutionary "cat-eye" frame, which challenged and then changed the status quo of eyewear fashion for women across the globe.

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