Gelatin silver print
Image: 28.1 x 22.2 cm (11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in.); Mounted: 41.5 x 34.5 cm (16 5/16 x 13 9/16 in.); Paper: 28.1 x 22.2 cm (11 1/16 x 8 3/4 in.)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2014.529
© Estate of Ilse Bing
The evening dress seen here was by Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the most prominent Parisian clothing designers between the World Wars. The two women met in fall 1933 and worked together through 1934. Both strong-minded, successful women, they also shared affinities for Surrealism and fantasy. In both views of the dress, Bing emphasizes the silhouette of the puffs at the shoulder, which were a hallmark of Schiaparelli’s fall 1933 collection, and the glistening, sleek fabric.
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