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Blouse

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Manufacturer:
Textile manufactured by Colcombet
Date:
summer 1940
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 22 in. (55.9 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, 1954
Accession Number:
2009.300.2405
Not on view
Schiaparelli often collaborated with textile manufacturers to create fabrics exclusively for her collections. This blouse from her summer 1940 collection, worn by fashion icon Millicent Rogers, is an example of that relationship with Colcombet. The print is based on French regimental flags and was used on evening dresses as well. The woman who wore this blouse could still look feminine while supporting her country during war time. Another element often seen in Schiaparelli's work, trompe l'oeil, is evidenced here in the scarf effect around the neck achieved both by cut and by the thoughtful placement of pattern.
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