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Suit

Designer:
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Date:
summer 1940
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool
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:
2009.300.148a–e
Not on view
War was declared on Germany by France and Great Britain in 1939. The couture industry was immediately affected, as workers were called to serve their countries. Collections produced during the war years were often smaller and less ornate. This particular example from Schiaparelli's summer 1940 collection, worn by the ever-chic Millicent Rogers, shows a distinct military silhouette in the double-breasted jacket with vibrant brass buttons emblazoned with the Maltese cross, itself an emblem of Christian warriors. This collection was one of the last before Schiaparelli was forced to leave France for America because of World War II.
Marking: Label: "Schiaparelli/21. place vendôme/Paris/Été 1940"
Tape label: "13367"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," May 10, 2012–August 19, 2012.

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