Ensemble, Bonnie Cashin (American, Oakland, California 1908–2000 New York), (a,b) wool, leather; (c) wool, American

Ensemble

Designer:
Bonnie Cashin (American, Oakland, California 1908–2000 New York)
Manufacturer:
Philip Sills & Co. (American, founded 1946)
Date:
spring/summer 1962
Culture:
American
Medium:
(a,b) wool, leather; (c) wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen and Philip Sills Collection of Bonnie Cashin Clothes, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.431.35a–c
Not on view
Cashin adapted the Noh coat to serve as what was increasingly called in the 1950s and 1960s a "suburban coat" through her use of rich wool material and of a short length that is suitable for getting in and out of cars. A simple tying at the bust with fullness just below allowed one coat to serve countless women, just as one automobile model in the 1950s and 1960s was expected to win innumerable hearts commensurate with mass-production and the American abundance of the era.
Marking: [label] "A Bonnie Cashin Design, Sills & Co."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Ingenuity," April 2, 1998–August 16, 1998.