Evening skirt (image 1) | House of Schiaparelli | French | winter 1936-37 | silk, metallic | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.3975

Evening skirt (image 1) | House of Schiaparelli | French | winter 1936-37 | silk, metallic | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.3975

While only a few of Elsa Schiaparelli's clients would wear her most outrageous designs, she could clothe slightly less adventuresome sorts through her many commercial arrangements with American department stores and specialty shops.

While only a few of Elsa Schiaparelli's clients would wear her most outrageous designs, she could clothe slightly less adventuresome sorts through her many commercial arrangements with American department stores and specialty shops.

Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Department Store: for Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924) Date: 1939 Culture: French Medium: wool, silk, rayon, metallic thread, glass, plastic

Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973) Department Store: for Saks Fifth Avenue (American, founded 1924) Date: 1939 Culture: French Medium: wool, silk, rayon, metallic thread, glass, plastic

Elsa Schiaparelli - 1937 - The Two-faced design is the work of celebrated artist Jean Cocteau - Photo from Architectural Digest, September 1988

Elsa Schiaparelli - 1937 - The Two-faced design is the work of celebrated artist Jean Cocteau - Photo from Architectural Digest, September 1988

Elsa Schiaparelli 1933 New York  She moved the center of interest into the shoulder, which she began to widen, accentuated them by pleats, padding,  braid.  This silhouette remains popular through WWII.

Elsa Schiaparelli 1933 New York She moved the center of interest into the shoulder, which she began to widen, accentuated them by pleats, padding, braid. This silhouette remains popular through WWII.

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