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Evening belt

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
ca. 1938
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, plastic
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, 1955
Accession Number:
2009.300.3525
Not on view
Schiaparelli often used her accessories, particularly belts, as avenues of expression for her Surrealist ideals. Buckles, clasps, decorations and belts themselves were made of unusual materials, such as plastic and plaster, and in quirky shapes that could elicit a viewer’s double-take. To pair such an off-beat accessory with a couture garment was just the kind of humorous irony Schiaparelli enjoyed incorporating into her work.

This amusing, unconventional belt in classic Schiaparelli Shocking pink, is a humorous play on elastic garters or suspenders. The buckle, two abstract shapes in contrasting colors made of three layers of plastic laminated together, shows Schiaparelli's interest in experimenting with different types of materials.
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