As World War II approached France, closures such as buttons were in short supply. For Schiaparelli's summer 1940 collection, creative and unusual alternatives were explored. Perhaps the whimsical painted metal fish buttons from this evening dress are vintage, saved from an earlier time, as Schiaparelli was known to do for her war time collections. The bright coral color of the fish is mirrored in the jersey overbodice. The overbodice itself, more like a large collar, is unique and creates an appealing silhouette. Worn by Millicent Rogers, the chic look is accomplished by the combination of the contrasting sophisticated, soothing celadon faille and the vivid coral jersey, joined together by the unique buttons.


  • Title: Dinner dress
  • Creator: Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Date Created: summer 1940
  • Physical Dimensions: Length at CB: 62 in. (157.5 cm)
  • Type: Dinner dress
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk, ceramic, plastic
  • 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, 1955
  • Creator Death Date: 1973
  • Creator Birth Date: 1890
  • Accession Number: 2009.300.1210

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