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Woman's Dinner Dress
Woman's Dinner Dress, February 1937
Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy)
Printed silk organza, synthetic horsehair
Center Front Length: 52 inches (132.1 cm) Waist: 22 inches (55.9 cm)
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969
1969-232-52
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Looking Questions

  • Schiaparelli's designs were often shocking. What might people have found shocking about this dress? Why?
  • Schiaparelli is playing with contradictions and opposites in her designs by choosing unusual combinations of color, decoration and texture. In what ways does this design play with contradictions?

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