Emile Pingat (French, active 1860–96)
silk, jet, feathers, metal
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Marion Litchfield, 1950
Emile Pingat had a proclivity for designing carefully finished dresses and outerwear which made him one of the top three French fashion designers during the second half of the 19th century. Active between 1860 and 1896, Pingat was adroit at manipulating multiple textiles and trimmings into a cohesive and elevated garment. He was inspired by design elements of other cultures and often reinterpreted them into his own work, making them unique and intriguing. His elaborately decorated and impeccably tailored outwear was particularly sought after.
This fine example of Pingat's outerwear is ornately embroidered in a style which shows his interest in other cultures. This high style interpretation is superbly executed with a level of detail which is consistent among the best work of the famous French couturiers.