Woman's Dinner Dress

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

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Summer 1938

Silk crepe, silver thread embroidery, sequins, pearls, blue brilliants

Center Back Length: 55 inches (139.7 cm) Waist: 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

    The tiered sleeves associated with clowns’ costumes--done in bright pink satin encrusted with silver thread, pearls, and blue brilliants--set off this evening gown in midnight blue Amoroso crêpe. The long, slim silhouette is accentuated by the mannequin’s hair, arranged high on the head. Pink satin gloves completed the ensemble, which was worn by the socialite Madame Arturo Lopez-Willshaw to a Paris premiere, as reported in British Vogue in May 1938. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 177.