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Button

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Maker:
Attributed to Jean Clemént (French, 1900–1949)
Maker:
Attributed to Roger Jean-Pierre (French, active 1934–1976)
Date:
1938
Culture:
French
Medium:
glass, metal, synthetic
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:
2009.300.1501a, b
Not on view
These intriguing ornamental buttons are strikingly similar to the form of the bottle of the perfume "Sleeping," introduced for Schiaparelli's summer 1940 collection. The bottle was shaped like a lighted candle emerging from a floral-shaped base and perhaps these ornamental buttons were a precursor to the final perfume bottle design, or a stylized version of it. Schiaparelli used her buttons as an avenue for creative expression. They were often in unexpected shapes made of unusual and avant-garde materials such as the plastic, glass, painted metal alloy and wire of this example. They complemented her suit jackets with the perfect dose of Surrealist commentary.
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