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Evening coat

Elsa Schiaparelli

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The 18th Amendment, or Prohibition, lasted from 1920-33, and banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol in the United States. In sympathy with her American clients, Schiaparelli's winter 1931-32 collection was dubbed "speakeasy," in reference to establishments that sold alcohol in secret, requesting patrons to "speak easy" when ordering drinks. This evening coat, in sumptuous "cabbage rose," a new color introduced in the winter collection, and trimmed in rich sable, features a bustle at the back that created a small shelf, a perfect place to hide a flask.

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Details

  • Title: Evening coat
  • Creator: Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Date Created: winter 1932–33
  • Physical Dimensions: Length at CB: 61 in. (154.9 cm)
  • Type: Evening coat
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk, fur
  • Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta-Ramos, 1954
  • Creator Death Date: 1973
  • Creator Birth Date: 1890
  • Accession Number: 2009.300.1858

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