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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (retailed)

  • Date:

    1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin and moiré silk, padded, lined with silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hon. Mrs H. Sherek

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress and bolero of pink and black striped silk satin and moiré silk.

Sleeveless and backless dress in black silk satin with horizontal black moiré and deep pink silk stripes. The slim skirted dress has a bustle drapery in the back. Full length dress with a low neck, rounded at the front and dipping to a wide 'V' at the back. Zip under each arm.

The bolero has puff sleeves and rounded front facings. It ends above the waist. It has an angular and plain turn down collar and short sleeves with padded and slightly gathered shoulders. Lined with black silk.

Place of Origin

London (retailed)


1939 (made)


Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin and moiré silk, padded, lined with silk

Object history note

Photo of dress with two others taken by Francois Keller on page 201 of D. Blum Shocking
Dress designed for the charity ball given to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Eiffel Tower
Photo Notes:
Evening dress back: Exposed metal zippers on either side
Fabric is black moire/ black satin/pink faille stripe

Shoulder: jacket sleeve is hand sewn

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

Descriptive line

Evening dress and bolero of silk satin and moiré silk, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, retailed in London,. Summer 1939






Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Formal wear; Textiles

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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