Dress, evening-style, of embroidered light pink silk crepe. Dress (a), sleeveless, with low, square neck in front and a V-shape in back. Dress is cut straight to the knee and then flares slightly to the floor. Belt (b), self-fabric, with snap closure, worn over dress at natural waist. Jacket (c), self-fabric, closes right over left. Jacket is embroidered and heavily beaded on proper right side; design features female head whose gold-colored beaded hair flows down the full length of the right sleeve; figure's hand grasps a bundle of silver-colored bands. The word "Jean" and a five-pointed star are embroidered in pink thread just below the figure's arm.
Worn by Mrs. Charles B. Goodspeed, née Elizabeth Barrett Fuller (1893-1980).
Believing that fashion was an art, Elsa Sciaparelli often collaborated with artists, such as Jean Cocteau, who created the witty design on this jacket (Cocteau's embroidered signature can be seen on its hem). This is one of the most significant pieces of fashion history in the museum's collection and is extremely rare: only three examples are known to exist.