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Franco Moschino

Polka dots and Franco Moschino's fun philosophy of fashion complement each other nicely. As a result, the Italian designer's often integrates polka dots into his mix-and-match runway creations. Moschino, who thinks of himself as a conceptual artist rather than a fashion designer, loves to blend various styles and send a message on the runway, literally. The designer is famous for his grahic message t-shirts that communicate his non-conformist views on the catwalk. For Moschino, polka dots are a perfect tool for poking fun at fashion.

Alberta Ferretti

According to many in the fashion industry, Alberta Ferretti built her design reputation on two concepts: the chiffon dress and the princess coat. This spring, however, Ferretti moved away from her specialities to create a line of vintage-inspired warm-weather wear. Instead of her usual long, wispy skirts, Ferretti presented short shift dresses with a 1960s flavor. Her line also included form-fitting dresses reminiscent of 1950s swimwear. Polka dots peppered a few of Ferretti's more traditional pieces, including the skirt pictured at left.

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Kate Spade

Kate Spade is best known in the fashion world for her designer bags and accessories. Always in demand, many of her bags, shoes, and accessories are accented with polka dots. According to Spade, polka dots give her simple, sophisticated designs a personality. In October 2003, she launched a tabletop collection by Lenox. Spade designed the collection to be mixed and matched, as one might mix and match fashion accessories. The collection includes a polka dot pattern, as well as stitchery and Mondrian-like patterns.

Shelli Segal

The name Shelli Segal means just one thing to fashion gurus: women's evening-wear. As the woman behind Laundry's Shelli Segal label, Segal has developed a signature evening-wear collection for sale at luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Although her lines vary from season to season, Segal's collection usually includes designs in charcoal, black, and white. The dress pictured at left is characteristic of Segal's color and line schemes.