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Vest

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
1937–38
Culture:
French
Medium:
linen, silk, wool
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:
2009.300.3515
Not on view
A hallmark of Schiaparelli's design sensibility is her use of interesting, often whimsical closures. The gumdrop-shaped buttons on this lively vest, owned by style connoisseur Millicent Rogers, are a striking example of this habit and a playful addition to a couture garment. The choice of candy as a button is characteristic of Schiaparelli's surreal sensibilities, as if she's tempting one to pluck one off the vest and into one's mouth, just to see if it’s real. The embroidered pattern is also an interesting choice, inspired by colorful Eastern European folk dress.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris"
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