An opera cloak, worn in the evening, reinforces a winter wardrobe literally and figuratively. The light color asserts a winter glow; the swansdown trim buttresses wool's warmth with an edge that weather-strips in body and apparel heat. Similarly, the dress employs braid trim--in use throughout the year, but often omitted in summer to diminish weight and visible attachments--to fortify clothing's buffering.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," April 8, 1997–August 17, 1997.