Woman's Evening Dress

Designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, French (born Italy), 1890 - 1973. Worn by Mrs. Morris H. Merrit.

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Summer 1949

Warp-printed silk satin

Center Front Length: 52 inches (132.1 cm) Waist: 24 inches (61 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Morris H. Merritt, 1965

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  • PublicationShocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

    Schiaparelli revived the blown-back look that had been so revolutionary in 1933–34 in her summer 1949 collection, presented on February 6. The new “Hurricane” silhouette was expressed in dresses with folds that wrapped around the body, throwing the fullness to the front or to the back. The concept was also carried through in colors such as “Storm” gray and electric “Lightning” blue and in fabrics with blurred flower prints. Dilys E. Blum, from Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli (2003), p. 272.