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Evening jacket - Circus


  • Object:

    Evening jacket

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    February 1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool marocain with mirrored paillettes

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Ruth Ford

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening jacket of black wool marocain with mirrored paillettes.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


February 1938 (made)


Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool marocain with mirrored paillettes


Length: 47 cm

Object history note

Ref. Paris Centre de Documentation de Costume, Schiaparelli, Album no 19, 1938, p.49

An original design patent photograph of this jacket is held in our archives. It is illustrated in Janet Arnold's A Handbook of Costume, London, 1973, p.80.

Glass and mirror embellishment in the form of lamb chops. Cut of the jacket at the upper chest follows the shape of the lamb chop embroidery. The buttons are hanging similar to those on the hydrangea jacket. Buttons not functional—jacket closes with hooks and eyes

Jan G. Reeder, Curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Taken May, 2011, Compiled September, 2011

Descriptive line

Evening jacket of wool, designed by Schiaparelli, Paris, February 1938. (Circus collection)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Evening wear; Clothing; Formal wear

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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