Woman's Afternoon Jacket

Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy), 1890 - 1973

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Summer 1940

Linen plain weave, silk velvet, silk and metallic thread embroidery, gilded and enameled metal buttons

Center Back Length: 24 inches (61 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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  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    At her January 26 presentation for summer 1940, Schiaparelli featured a tiny hat ruched with tulle and jet coils planted among the gathers. It was worn perched forward on the head and was shown with a street-length black afternoon dress and a Pirate red linen jacket trimmed with Sleeping blue velvet and embroidered with silk-and-metallic-thread flowers. A variant of the jacket was made in beige linen and closed with two gilt buttons in the art nouveau style emblazoned with swans. These appear to be remounted old stock dating from the beginning of the century, probably used because of the difficulty of procuring new findings during the war. Schiaparelli also launched a new lipstick and a new perfume with her summer collection, linking both by name to her two newest colors, Pirate red and Sleeping blue. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 239.