Woman's Gloves

Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy), 1890 - 1973

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Summer 1939

Green doeskin, gold leather

19 x 2 3/4 inches (48.3 x 7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Elsa Schiaparelli, 1969

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  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    The fashions for summer 1939 ran the gamut—from sexy to ladylike to girlish innocence. Schiaparelli added a surreal note with such evening accessories as these elbow-length bright green suede gloves with gold kid ruffles running up the fingers, each recalling the Italian corno, or horn-shaped amulet of the Virgin Mary. Its use on the gloves can also be read as a cheeky reference to the mano cornuta, or “horned hand,” the Italian hand gesture meant to wave off the evil eye or to indicate that a man has been cuckolded. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 207.