"Harper's Bazaar" featured a fashion illustration in its October 1937 issue of this cape being worn by a woman who resembles the owner of this cape, Millicent Rogers. Described as "all black as deep night," this dramatic cape is decorated with moiré grosgrain bows, perched on the shoulders like birds. Particularly in her collections of the 1930s, shoulders were often accentuated. The embroidered wheat ear motif on the collar is symbolically associated with blessing, harvest and life itself, as wheat is a fruit of the Earth. The overall silhouette is impressive and like many of Schiaparelli's designs, required a requisite amount of fashion bravado to wear it.


  • Title: Evening cape
  • Creator: Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Date Created: winter 1937
  • Physical Dimensions: Length at CB: 60 in. (152.4 cm)
  • Type: Evening cape
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk
  • 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: 2009.300.3155

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