Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Evening cape

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
winter 1937
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
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:
2009.300.3155
Not on view
"Harper's Bazaar" featured a fashion illustration in its October 1937 issue of this cape being worn by a woman who resembles the owner of this cape, Millicent Rogers. Described as "all black as deep night," this dramatic cape is decorated with moiré grosgrain bows, perched on the shoulders like birds. Particularly in her collections of the 1930s, shoulders were often accentuated. The embroidered wheat ear motif on the collar is symbolically associated with blessing, harvest and life itself, as wheat is a fruit of the Earth. The overall silhouette is impressive and like many of Schiaparelli's designs, required a requisite amount of fashion bravado to wear it.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21. place vendôme/Paris/Hiver 1937"
Related Objects

Dress

Artist: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Date: 1937–38 Medium: silk, metallic thread Accession: 2007.18 On view in:Not on view

Evening ensemble

Artist: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Date: winter 1937–38 Medium: silk, metal Accession: 2009.300.1167a, b On view in:Not on view

Evening vest

Artist: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Date: fall 1938 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.1186 On view in:Not on view

Evening dress

Artist: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Date: fall 1938 Medium: silk, plastic, metal Accession: 2009.300.1166a, b On view in:Not on view

Evening belt

Artist: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Date: fall 1934 Medium: silk, plastic Accession: 2009.300.1227 On view in:Not on view