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Evening dress

Summer 1939

Object Place: Paris, France


Center back (dress): 125.7 cm (49 1/2 in.) Center back (skirt): 114.3 cm (45 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dress: silk twill weave; silk plain weave, moiré; silk satin weave; metal Skirt: silk plain weave, moiré; silk satin weave; metal

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pink and black evening gown with striped moiré bodice, wide shoulder straps, and square neckline. Long straight black skirt with slit on right side. Black zipper closure on right side and one interior label: “ETE 1939/Schiaparelli/21. Place Vendome Paris.”

Pink and black striped moiré overskirt with large bustle as center back. Two hook and eyes at center back and zipper on right side.


1939, created by the Paris atelier of Elsa Schiaparelli for her Spring/Summer collection; purchased by unknown client; July 3, 2009, sold at Cornette St. Cyr auctions in Paris to the MFA (Accession date: December 16, 2009)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, and Edwin E. Jack Fund