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Woman's Evening Dress and Jacket

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

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Spring 1948

Silk satin (jacket and dress bodice); rayon damask (dress skirt)

Center Back Length: 61 inches (154.9 cm) Waist: 25 inches (63.5 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

    Schiaparelli emphasized magnificent fabrics, color, and silhouette rather than elaborate embroidery in her November 1947 collection for spring 1948. The ensemble shown here reaffirms the barrel outline that she had introduced in August. The bronze-and-black striped satin jacket is cut away at the front, bells out over the hips, then curves and turns in at the back. The striped fabric is used again on the bodice to emphasize the contours of the bosom. The dress’s dramatic full skirt, although flat at the front, ties up into a slight bustle at the back. Its bronze-and-black rayon damask fabric is woven with a sweeping design of elongated tulips, and the ensemble was accessorized with a striking feather headdress. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 268.