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Hat - Shoe Hat
  • Shoe Hat
    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973
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Shoe Hat

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1937-1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool felt and silk velvet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Elsa Schipaparelli's shoe hat of 1937-38 is the best known of the surrealist pieces made in collaboration with the artist Salvador Dali. The hat derived from a drawing by Dali, which in turn evolved from a 1933 photograph Gala Dali took of her husband wearing a woman's shoe on his head and another on his right shoulder.

Schiaparelli created her most directly surrealist works with Dali. This includes, in addition to the shoe hat design, the whimsical 'Tear' dress (T.393-1974) and the skeleton dress (T.394-1974) both dating from 1938 and now in the V&A's permanent collection.

Physical description

Hat of blue wool felt in the shape of a shoe, with fuchsia pink velvet heel.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1937-1938 (made)


Elsa Schiaparelli, born 1890 - died 1973 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool felt and silk velvet


Length: 32 cm, Height: 26 cm

Object history note

This hat belonged to Gala Dali and was inherited by her daughter Cecile Eluard. The Museum purchased it from a friend of Cecile Eluard, to whom it had been given.

Purchased by the V&A in 2009 [2008/702]

Descriptive line

Hat in the shape of a shoe, Schiaparelli, 1937-38, France


Felt; Silk velvet

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear

Production Type

Limited edition


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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