Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hat

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
1938–40
Culture:
French
Medium:
straw, silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Brooklyn Museum Collection
Accession Number:
2009.300.1637
Not on view
Schiaparelli's hat designs always featured something different, a touch of whimsy. This example shows her creativity and attention to detail in the beautiful silhouette accomplished with the forward crown and single undulation of the brim. The tulle ruffle peeking out from the brim adds a distinctive feminine touch, and almost looks like hair, a typical element added by Schiaparelli to express her Surrealist ideas. The fine balibuntal straw, often used in millinery, shows the couture quality and Schiaparelli's devotion to using superior materials in her designs.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Été ?"
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