Woman's Dinner Jacket

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

Geography:
Made in Paris, France, Europe

Date:
Spring 1940

Medium:
Rayon crinkle crepe, silk crepe, gilded metallic thread embroidery

Dimensions:
Jacket Center Back Length: 24 1/2 inches (62.2 cm) Handkerchief: 24 x 24 inches (61 cm)

Copyright:

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1969-232-71a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969

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Label:
Worn by Schiaparelli on her American lecture tour in 1940, this jacket features "cash and carry" pockets designed to replace a handbag.

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

    In December 1939 Schiaparelli arrived on the Dixie Clipper for a two-week stay in New York City. According to Vogue for January 15, 1940, she arrived with “limited luggage, unlimited chic.” Four frameless, zipper-closed bags contained an entire wardrobe, the basis of which was black, apart from a warm brown wool suit and a blue corduroy sport dress. The ensembles in black included three simple day dresses, a wool suit, three slim evening dresses, and two jackets that could be worn with either day or evening dresses. One of those jackets was this black rayon crêpe with gold embroidery and oversize pockets, from Schiaparelli’s collection for spring 1940. The designer reported to the American press that despite the war in Europe, the Parisian couture would continue to do all it could to supply the American market. During her visit, Women’s Wear Daily reported on December 15 that she had been approached by representatives of the Museum of Modern Art to direct a division of modern commercial design. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 235.