Caftan

Design House: Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906)

Designer: Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)

Date: ca. 1930

Culture: Italian

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Courtlandt Palmer, 1950

Accession Number: C.I.50.44

Description

With slashed sleeves extending far beyond the length of the arm like a mandarin's robes, Fortuny's wraps, capes, and gowns are in the realm of high fantasy. Primary sign or reference—or what seems to be specific location—is established by the stenciling that suggests the kufic and corded embroideries of North African djellabahs.

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