KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Evening Coat

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

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Evening Coat

Autumn/Winter 1936

Elsa Schiaparelli
Schiaparelli London 4136
Wine-red plain wool; collar of velvet appliqués with gold leather and beads.
Inventory Number(s)
AC7681 93-1-3

The bead embroidery and three-dimentional appliqué on the lapel stand out impressively on this simple, wool, long coat. One general feature of Elsa Schiaparelli's work is her innovative embroidery designs. These designs were manufactured by Lesage and other incredibly talented embroidery artisans, and made the wide possibilities of expression embroidery can hold known.
Schiaparelli's works were also drawn by various talented artists of the age. This coat was drawn by Erik (Carl Erickson) in the French "Vogue" in October of 1936.