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Woman's Bathing-Suit Top

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

Made in France, Europe

Summer 1928

Hand-knitted wool

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Jones, Jr., 1996

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

    For summer 1928, Schiaparelli’s knitted one- and two-piece bathing suits in striking color combinations were imported to the United States exclusively by Saks Fifth Avenue. This sleeveless sweater with its fish motif originally formed the top of a two-piece suit that would have included flannel trunks with a snugly fitting knitted band around the hips and buttons up the sides. To complete the ensemble Schiaparelli included matching thick-soled knitted bootees with tops that could be turned down and a knitted helmet to wear over a rubber bathing cap. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 24.