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Evening ensemble

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
1937–39
Culture:
French
Medium:
(a,b) cotton, silk, metallic thread (c,d) plastic, glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Julia B. Henry, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.288.21a–d
Not on view
In Paris during the mid- to late-1930s, the major sites of fashionability were the theatre, restaurant and nightclub. The dinner suit, usually consisting of a dress or skirt with a jacket, became extremely popular for its non-specificity. Its wearer could go to Fouquet's for cocktails, Maxim's for dinner, and the Ambassadeurs for dancing without the necessity of changing clothes. Elsa Schiaparelli is credited with having invented the dinner suit in the early 1930s.
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