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Clothing with Synthetic Materials

Synthetic Materials, Clothing

Works of Art (20)

"Airplane" Dress, spring/summer 2000 (remade 2006), Hussein Chalayan (British, born Cyprus), Fiberglass, metal, cotton, synthetic (2006.251a–c)
Belt, fall 1934, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), Black silk taffeta, plastic (2009.300.1227)
"Butterfly" ball gown, 1955, Charles James (American, born Great Britain), Silk: smoke gray chiffon; pale gray satin; aubergine, lavender, and oyster; synthetic: white nylon (2009.300.816)
Buttons, fall 1938, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian); Jean Clemént (attributed) (French); Roger Jean-Pierre (attributed) (French), Synthetic, metal (2009.300.1499a–i)
Ensemble, fall/winter 2000–2001, Junya Watanabe (Japanese), for Comme des Garçons (French), Ivory polyester chiffon and gray and silver polyester velvet (2001.742a,b)
Ensembles, 1967, Rudi Gernreich (American, born Austria), Pink wool jersey, Ivory Wool jersey, clear vinyl (1988.74.2a–e, 1988.74.1a–f)
Evening dress, fall 1939, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), White silk organza, metallic thread, plastic, white suede, green metal (2009.300.1165a,b)
Evening ensemble, ca. 1938, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian); André Perugia (French), Green silk faille, metallic thread, gold kidskin, beige plastic (2009.300.1168a–c)
Evening jacket, 1938, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), Deep magenta rayon crepe embroidered with metallic thread and polychrome sequins with plastic insect buttons (1974.338.2)

Dinner Suit, 1937–1938, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), Green silk crepe and green silk velvet embroidered with metallic thread and red and pink rhinestones with half dome shaped plastic buttons inset with flowers (1978.288.19a–c)
Evening jacket, summer 1937, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), Blue silk velvet, metal, rhinestones, plastic (2009.300.1354)
Evening pump, 1961, Designed by Roger Vivier (French), Leather, silk, glass, plastic, metal, metallic thread (1980.597.4)
"Four-Leaf Clover" ball gown, 1953, Charles James (American, born Great Britain), Silk: Ivory Duchesse satin; ivory faille; black velvet (velours de Lyon); synthetic: nylon mesh (2009.300.779)
Racing car shoe, 1965, Designed by Katharina Denzinger for Herbert Levine, Inc., American, Leather, plastic (1973.276.29a,b)
Shoe, spring 1997, Designed by Martin Margiela (Belgian), Leather, plastic (1998.519f,g)
Shoes (Pumps), 2007, Christian Louboutin (French), Black patent leather with red leather sole (2012.121a,b)
Suit, fall 1938, Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian), Plaid rayon crepe, blue plastic (1974.338.5a,b)
Travel ensemble (jacket, slacks, and blouse), 1948, Vera Maxwell (American), Brown-and-white donegal tweed and cocoa-brown wool jersey, printed silk, plastic, tan leather (C.I.53.61a-f)
"Tree" evening dress, 1955, Charles James (American, born Great Britain), Silk: rose pink taffeta; white satin; synthetic: red, pink, and white tulle (2009.300.991)
Wrapper (Seru Njaago), 1970s, Senegal, Saint-Louis; Manjaka peoples, Cotton, synthetic yarns (2009.257)
Wrapper, 1960–70, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Kelequis; Manjaka peoples, Cotton, synthetic yarns (2009.259)