Black and White Striped Dress

Brief Item Record

Title: Black and White Striped Dress

Creator: Schiap-Sport

Date: 1946-1954

Description: Black, white, and grey striped two piece dress in a fit and flare silhouette. Cotton sateen, black cotton, black felt, metal, and elastic; fitted cotton sateen bodice (a) is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, princess seams, natural waistline, hook and eye closures at the center back, and cotton lining; matching flared cotton sateen skirt (b) is knee-length, with an elastic waistband, metal zipper at side, felt lining, stripes radiating from waist to hem.

Full Item Record

Dublin Core

Identifier

VC2004023

Title

Black and White Striped Dress

Description

Black, white, and grey striped two piece dress in a fit and flare silhouette. Cotton sateen, black cotton, black felt, metal, and elastic; fitted cotton sateen bodice (a) is strapless, with a sweetheart neckline, princess seams, natural waistline, hook and eye closures at the center back, and cotton lining; matching flared cotton sateen skirt (b) is knee-length, with an elastic waistband, metal zipper at side, felt lining, stripes radiating from waist to hem.

Creator

Date

1946-1954

Subject

Clothing and dress

Relation

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O144254/day-ensemble/

Extent

32.75 inches (chest), 25.5 inches (waist), 49 inches (hips),

Type

Physical Object

Spatial Coverage

Temporal Coverage

Rights

http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

Rights Holder

© Vassar College Costume Collection. Images in this collection may be used for teaching, classroom presentation, and research purposes only. For other reuse, reproduction and publication of these images, contact costumeshop@vassar.edu.

Costume Item Type Metadata

Color Main

Color Secondary

Dress Type

Closure Placement

Waistline

Skirt Type

Costume Components

Chest

32.75

Waist

25.5

Hips

49

All Measurements

32.75 inches (chest), 25.5 inches (waist), 49 inches (hips),

Label

"Schiap-Sport -21 Place Vendome Paris '46"

Donor

Nancy Brandon Allen (sister-in-law of wearer)

Date Earliest

1946

Date Latest

1954

Culture

Gender

Classification

costume
clothing

Category

Public Information

This piece came to us in two pieces, as a skirt and a top, but the finishing on the waists of both pieces indicates that it may once have been one dress. While the donor told us that it was a Givenchy piece, the label within reads “Schiap-Sport,” indicating Elsa Schiaparelli’s line. Research tells us that Hubert Givenchy did work for Schiaparelli for four years before beginning his own design house in Paris in 1952 (1), so both could be true.

The dates are still uncertain. The label in its entirety reads “Schiap-Sport -21 Place Vendome Paris 46,” indicating a date of 1946. While we have been unable to find a match for this dress in other collections to confirm its date, there are a few strapless (and sometimes striped) dresses to compare it with (2) (3),  and the Schiap-Sport label seems to have been more popular in the late part of Elsa’s career (1940s and 50s) (4).

Elsa Schiaparelli was born in Rome, began her career in America, opened her first atelier in Paris, moved back to New York in 1941, and returned to Paris in 1945. She worked with surrealist artists Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau, was associated with Man Ray and Gabrielle Picabia, the wife of Francis Picabia, and was known for blurring the line between dressmaking and art. Schiaparelli closed her doors in 1954, but not before creating a legacy that would go on to inspire designers like Geoffrey Beene, Charles James, and Yves Saint Laurent (5).

Condition Term

good

Condition Description

light stains under arms; lots of tears in lining of skirt

Treatment

To support the fullness of the skirt for display, the mannequin was dressed in a flared petticoat with layers of stiff netting.

Storage Location

G7

Work Type

Pattern

Citation

Schiap-Sport, “Black and White Striped Dress,” Vassar College Costume Collection, accessed September 24, 2023, http://vccc.vassarspaces.net/items/show/1138.

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