Designer: Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973)
Designer: André Perugia (French, 1893–1977)
Date: winter 1937–38
Medium: silk, metal, leather, plastic
Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Millicent Huttleston Rogers, 1951
Accession Number: 2009.300.1168a–c
Custom textiles such as this one were important vehicles of expression for Schiaparelli. A mottled pattern of deep greens injected with a glittering gold wood-grain motif transmogrifies the human body, like a fleeing Daphne, into a tree. Deploying industrial zippers as decoration on evening wear was an early iconoclastic gesture that became a signature Schiaparelli design element.