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Evening blouse

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
winter 1936–37
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 24 in. (61 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951
Accession Number:
2009.300.2377
Not on view
The aesthetic of this striking blouse draws from Middle Eastern dress, particularly the keyhole neck edged with intricate embroidery, reminiscent of Arabic or Persian calligraphy, and the unfitted, slightly T-shaped construction. As Dilys Blum points out in her book on Schiaparelli's career, "Shocking! The Art and Life of Elsa Schiaparelli," many designs from Schiaparelli's collections during this period had a Persian influence, inspired by the 1935 name change of Persia to Iran.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Hiver 1936-37/49542"
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