Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Woman's Dinner Jacket

Woman's Dinner Jacket

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

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Spring 1947

Black silk crepe, pink silk taffeta with paillette and seed pearl embroidery, jet buttons

Center Back Length: 25inches (63.5cm) Circumference (Bust): 36 inches (91.4 cm) Waist: 30 inches (76.2 cm) Hips: 35 inches (88.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969

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Schiaparelli owned this jacket and wore it during a trip to New York in 1947.

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

    Schiaparelli owned this version of her spectacular ensemble for spring 1947, presented in November 1946. The sumptuous jet embroidery over the pink taffeta on the front of the jacket and ending in a bow at the back forms three-dimensional flowers on curling stems. Schiaparelli wore the dinner suit during a trip to New York, and it was subsequently described by Vogue on February 15, 1947, as “a sort of summary of her designing tradition” because it was a dinner suit combining black with her signature Shocking pink and was bustled. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 267.