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Evening coat

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
winter 1932–33
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, fur
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, 1954
Accession Number:
2009.300.1858
Not on view
The 18th Amendment, or Prohibition, lasted from 1920-33, and banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol in the United States. In sympathy with her American clients, Schiaparelli's winter 1931-32 collection was dubbed "speakeasy," in reference to establishments that sold alcohol in secret, requesting patrons to "speak easy" when ordering drinks. This evening coat, in sumptuous "cabbage rose," a new color introduced in the winter collection, and trimmed in rich sable, features a bustle at the back that created a small shelf, a perfect place to hide a flask.
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