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Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
summer 1940
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, beads
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951
Accession Number:
2009.300.1169a, b
Not on view
Designed for Schiaparelli's summer 1940 collection, this jacket was worn with a black mermaid dress and a jet beaded black tulle hat (see 2009.300.1164). In sophisticated pink twill trimmed with contrasting black Spanish-influenced embroidery, the jacket exudes a certain chic that would be increased as worn by Millicent Rogers, the original owner. This design was well-received by the fashion press, particularly the mermaid dress, Schiaparelli's newest silhouette for evening. As war was spreading across Europe, Schiaparelli chose to focus on femininity and youth, and this jacket, as well as the ensemble as a whole, is the epitome of both.
Marking: (a) Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Été 1940/73659"
(b) Handwritten tape label: "73653"
Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection," March 14, 2015–July 19, 2015.

Cincinnati Art Museum. "High Style: Twentieth-Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection," November 7, 2015–January 24, 2016.

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