Buttons, fall 1938
Elsa Schiaparelli (Italian, 1890–1973); Jean Clément (attributed) (French, 1900–1949); Roger Jean–Pierre (attributed) (French, active 1934–76)
Synthetic, metal; 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arturo and Paul Peralta–Ramos, 1955 (2009.300.1499a–i)
The range of Schiaparelli's decorative aesthetic included ornaments that would be considered repugnant or inappropriate for an item of dress. She provided clients with the flexibility to adapt to the day's mood by making her jacket buttons interchangeable. These cricket buttons, from her "Pagan" collection of 1938, come with metal clasps into which the buttons can be inserted and removed at will.