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Woman's Sweater

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

Made in Paris, France, Europe

November 1927

Black and white hand-knitted wool

Center Back Length: 22 1/2inches (57.2cm) Circumference (Bust): 36 inches (91.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969

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The illusionistic bowknot became one of Schiaparelli's most popular, and copied, designs.

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  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    Schiaparelli’s signature bowknot sweater, from her November 1927 collection, was her first big success and became one of her most copied designs. Before achieving the final version, Schiaparelli experimented with several renditions of the design. Archival photographs support her statement that most of these attempts were less than successful. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 20.