Evening cape, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973), wool, metal, silk, French

Evening cape

Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
House of Lesage (French, founded 1924)
spring 1937
wool, metal, silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1955
Accession Number:
Not on view
This wonderful example of the relationship between Schiaparelli and embroidery house Lesage incorporates military epaulet-like styling in the heavily embroidered embellishment. The gold foil, in varying irregular lengths, is juxtaposed with the curvilinear couched cording, creating a dramatic surface appeal. The gold metallic also contrasts beautifully with the vibrant red ground fabric and the deep navy of the cape. The intriguing choice of closure, two gold bars that form a clasp, is another sign of Schiaparelli's creative hand, as she often employed unexpected forms as closures.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21.place vendôme/Paris/Printemps 1937/50283"
Brooklyn Museum. "A Slice of Schiaparelli," October 20, 1995–March 24, 1996.

Brooklyn Museum. "From the Millicent Rogers Collection," August 1, 1982–April 30, 1983.