Coat, ca. 1933
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Cream cotton corded weave, metal; L. at CB 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta–Ramos, 1955 (2009.300.1212)
Buttons and fasteners, innovative in both design and choice of materials, were hallmarks of Schiaparelli's oeuvre. In perhaps one of her most audacious decorative statements, she recycled bullet casings to serve as buttons and raised functional flapped pockets to waist level, as if to suggest the front of a hunting jacket.