Cocktail hat

Design House Schiaparelli French
Designer Elsa Schiaparelli Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

Schiaparelli's involvement with Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí inspired her to create clothing and accessories that could elicit a viewer’s double-take. To pair such an off-beat accessory with a couture garment was just the kind of humorous irony Schiaparelli enjoyed incorporating into her work. This hat from the fall 1939 collection features bunches of various types of grapes perched on top of the wearer's head. The idea itself of wearing fruit on one's head is humorous and whimsical but also surreal in that although the fruit and the surrounding leaves are extremely realistic, the hat is a chic, functional accessory.

Cocktail hat, Schiaparelli (French, founded 1927), silk, cotton, collagen, mineral wax, French

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