Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Evening coat

Design House:
Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906)
Designer:
Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)
Date:
ca. 1930
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
silk, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the estate of Mary Boocock Leavitt, 1974
Accession Number:
2009.300.509
Not on view
Spanish-born artist and designer Mariano Fortuny was active in Italy, where he established a textile workshop and a commercial silk printing factory--a version of which still operates today. Best known for his beautiful textiles and unstructured garments, Fortuny continually referenced historical and non-Western sources, reviving and creating complex fabric treatments and dyeing techniques. Here, a complex, Persian-inspired pinwheel pattern is highlighted by the simple cut of the coat. The graceful shape showcases Fortuny's acute awareness of movement and light, the color changing as the wearer moves.
Marking: Label: "Mariano Fortuny/Venise"
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