Woman's cape

American
1900
Designed by B. Altman and Co. (American, 1865-1989)


Dimensions

Center back: 53.3 cm (21 in.)

Accession Number

2008.719

Medium or Technique

Silk ribbon and gimp; silk taffeta lining; silk plain-weave (chiffon); and silk grosgrain ribbon

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Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s short cape made of black silk gimp and ribbon stitched into abstract, swirling pattern over a lining of black silk taffeta, finished at the bottom with fringe of ruched silk chiffon, wide black grosgrain ribbon bow and tie at the center front neckline, small band of white net at the collar. Labeled: “B. Altman and Co./ Paris/New York”

Provenance

September, 1975, inherited by the donor; gift to the MFA, September 17, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Francisca Smith Clark