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Embroidered purple silk "Pagan" evening dress with silk flowers, by Elsa Schiaparelli, French, fall 1938. This enchanting evening dress is from Schiaparelli's fall 1938 Pagan collection, which was inspired by Botticelli's paintings. For this collection, evening gowns were cut in a slim silhouette and ornamented with embroidered foliage and, as in this case, plastic leaves and flowers. As Dilys Blum asserts in "Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli," this gown is inspired by Flora...
'Cocteau' evening jacket | Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890-1973) | France, Autumn 1937 | Linen, metallic foil, beads, paillettes | Schiaparelli's involvement with Dada an Surrealist artists resulted in some of the most renowned works of 20th century haute couture. This jacket, with its trompe-l'oeil profile, was a product of her collaboration with Jean Cocteau | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1930s Cape by Elsa Schiaparelli