Costume and Textiles
Woman's Evening CoatMade in Venice, Italy, Europe
Designed by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Spanish, active Italy, 1871 - 1949
Black silk and cotton velvet with metallic pigment printing
Currently not on view
1972-44-3Gift of Mrs. Henry Clifford, 1972
LabelMariano Fortuny synthesized art, anthropology, and history to create garments and textiles that span both time and geography. Inspired by Renaissance Italy and the Middle and Far East, Fortuny developed techniques to produce remarkable fabrics such as pleated silks and the luxurious velvet printed with metallic pigments seen here. The fabric and style of this three-quarter-length coat derive from a seventeenth-century Persian example. The buttons are glass beads made on the island of Murano, near Venice, the Spanish designer’s adopted city.