This sporty and modern looking evening dress is from Elsa Schiaparelli’s Fall-Winter 1939 Collection. The prominently placed zipper is a trademark of Schiaparelli who felt fashion should incorporate closures rather than hide them.
Worn by the inimitable Millicent Rogers, this jacket was designed for Schiaparelli's spring 1938 collection. The silhouette, particularly the curved seaming of the back, is reminiscent of the spencer jacket worn in the early century
In a sui generis gesture to one client, this velvet cape for Lady Mendl refers to her taste for eighteenth-century style and the spectacular, and celebrates the Apollo Founrtain and its proximity to her house in the Parc de Varsailles
Evening ensemble Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: ca. 1937 (made) Artist/Maker: Schiaparelli, Elsa (designer) Materials and Techniques: Hand-sewn plaited gilt braid on chiffon foundation, lined with silk Museum number:
Schiaparelli couture gown circa Midnight blue velvet with plum rayon side panels, strapless, boned & fitted bodice, wide bell-shaped skirt. Irridescent blue glass buttons with stylized black center cross
A creative example from Schiaparelli's early career and exemplary of her talent for sports clothes, this beach or resort ensembles would have been worn while vacationing at one of the many fashionable seaside resorts, such as the Côte d'Azur or Biarritz
Dress Object Images Object Information DesignerSchiaparelli, ElsaDate and White Check Plisse Long Dress With A Bouquet At Back Waistline Front Neckline Is Assymetrical Ruffle Detail, Short Cuffed Sleeves, Back Has Fishtail Detail.