Woman's Veil

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

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Spring 1938

Cotton net with glass bugle beads

Center Back Length: 40 inches (101.6 cm) Spread: 66 inches (167.6 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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  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    Traditionally, every fashion show ends with a bridal gown. For the Circus collection, Schiaparelli closed with a simple white wedding gown. However, instead of the usual plain white veil, the virginal gown was paired with a white tulle veil embroidered with sapphire blue bugle beads arranged in wavy strands that resemble hair, or possibly snakes. It is tempting to compare this trompe l’oeil design to the mythical Medusa—a beautiful young maiden transformed into a serpent-haired demon—and to read it as Schiaparelli’s commentary on marriage. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 178.