This elegant evening cape from deep black velvet is embroidered in rich contrast with gold-coloured metal sequins, black glass stones and gold filaments. The high “Medici collar” with ostrich feather trim flatters the face. Beneath this the circular-cut and densely gathered velvet falls from a flat shoulder yoke. The seam is concealed by a satin ribbon tied bows and rosettes that emphasizes the broad shoulder line typical of 1895. The embroidery has paisley motifs that ascend from a peripheral border climbing with japonaiserie leafed branch and floral motifs. The cape is fully lined in contrasting cream-coloured silk. Like Charles Frederick Worth and Pingat, Jacques Doucet (1853-1929) belonged to the first generation of large haute couture houses in Paris and was known for his rich, luxurious style.


  • Title: Black Evening Cape with Medici Collar Sortie de Bal
  • Creator: Jacques Doucet
  • Date: ca. 1895
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Stephan Klonk │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Christine Waidenschlager
  • Provenance: 2003 Kamer/Ruf collection; 1999 Art market, Paris, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Proof of manufacture: Woven label, golden yellow on cream, in the neckline: Doucet, Paris
  • Place of origin: Paris, France
  • Length: Fl./bl. 67 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Type: Cape
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Black velveteen, black and cream coloured silk, black ostrich feathers, metal sequins, black and gold coloured glass beads, gold thread wound around a yellow core, satin weave silk ribbon

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