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Suit

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Design House:
House of Schiaparelli (French, founded 1928)
Date:
fall 1938
Culture:
French
Medium:
synthetic
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J.R. Keagy, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.338.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 599
Schiaparelli chose realistic beetles and other insects to decorate jewelry, buttons, and suit collars for her fall 1938 nature-based "Pagan" collection. The collection referenced the lush imagery of flora and fauna and mythological figures represented in the two great paintings by Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), "The Birth of Venus" (1485) and "Primavera" (1485). The vividly printed rayon crepe and translucent blue plastic buttons are statements of Schiaparelli's preference for manmade rather than natural materials.
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