Woman's Evening Jacket

Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy), 1890 - 1973. Embroidered by Lesage, Paris, founded 1922.

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Fall 1939

Silk georgette, metallic thread embroidery, beads

Center Back Length: 28 inches (71.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969

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Secondary view features Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1969-232-65a,b.

Additional information:
  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    The latest Schiaparelli silhouette was once again designed to lengthen and slenderize the figure. Long, narrow, short-sleeved transparent chiffon evening jackets dipped down in front, curved upward over the hips, and were shorter in back. They were designed to be worn with simple rayon crêpe evening dresses with subtle bustles created by layered flat flounces that were gathered slightly at the back. This black silk chiffon jacket is embroidered all over with gilt metallic bells and has a flat circlet of beads and metallic embroidery at the neckline that serves as both neckband and necklace. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 210.