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Evening cape

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Manufacturer:
House of Lesage (French, founded 1922)
Date:
spring 1937
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, metal, silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 59 in. (149.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1955
Accession Number:
2009.300.1211
Not on view
This wonderful example of the relationship between Schiaparelli and embroidery house Lesage incorporates military epaulet-like styling in the heavily embroidered embellishment. The gold foil, in varying irregular lengths, is juxtaposed with the curvilinear couched cording, creating a dramatic surface appeal. The gold metallic also contrasts beautifully with the vibrant red ground fabric and the deep navy of the cape. The intriguing choice of closure, two gold bars that form a clasp, is another sign of Schiaparelli's creative hand, as she often employed unexpected forms as closures.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Printemps 1937/50283"
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