Mar 15, 2016
Mar 15, 2016

Schiaparelli, Satin Dress

Schiaparelli, Satin Dress


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 28.3 x 15 cm (11 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2015.247



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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