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Tippet and muff
(c. 1935)

Medium
fur (colobus monkey), silk crepe, silk (braid), resin clasp
Measurements
(a) 34.0 cm (centre back) 200.0 cm (hem circumference) (tippet) (b) 46.0 × 38.0 × 14.5 cm (muff)
Place/s of Execution
(France)
Accession Number
2012.159.a-b
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Jana Purcell, 2012
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Hollywood starlets wore garments with a strong bold shoulder line, narrow waists and slim hips. Shoulders were emphasised with the capelet, prettily perched over the evening or afternoon dress; and, in jackets and coats, the shoulder line became more fiercely delineated. Another means of emphasising the shoulders was with the tippet, a decorative wrap worn over a tailored suit or dress to add drama and colour. This tippet and muff is made from monkey fur, dyed acid turquoise to dramatic effect.

—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)