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Choker - The Pagan Collection
  • The Pagan Collection
    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973
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The Pagan Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    late 1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and velvet ribbons with gilt pine cones

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Ruth Ford

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA10

This dramatic necklace was part of Elsa Schiaparelli's Pagan Collection of Autumn 1938. Schiaparelli was famous for her creative fashion designs and unexpected surreal touches. Her bold approach to colour is demonstrated by this necklace, which sets purple velvet bows against an acid yellow grosgrain ribbon choker. Each bow has a gilt pine-cone suspended from it on a thin chain.

The Pagan Collection featured themes and motifs drawn from nature - blossom, leaves, and even insects. The Museum also has a hat from this collection that is trimmed with crawling beetles (see T.427-1974).

Physical description

Yellow grosgrain ribbon choker, decorated with purple velvet ribbon bows and gilt pine cones suspended from each bow.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


late 1938 (made)


Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk and velvet ribbons with gilt pine cones

Object history note

Donated by Miss Ruth Ford, who also donated other Schiaparelli garments and accessories to us. (see items T.392 to 396-1974; and T.411 to 413-1974)

Descriptive line

Choker of silk grosgrain ribbon, velvet bows and gilt, 'The Pagan Collection', designed by Schiaparelli, Paris, late 1938.

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

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


Ribbons; Grosgrain; Velvet

Subjects depicted

Pine cones


Fashion; Clothing; Jewellery; Evening wear

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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