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Evening cape
(c. 1924)

silk (crepe, velvet, thread), cotton and cotton-wool (interlining), glass (beads, diamanté)
117.0 cm (centre back) 57.0 cm (hem circumference)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Schofield Collection. Purchased with the assistance of a special grant from the Government of Victoria, 1974
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Cream silk crepe, deep band of black velvet around hem, embroidered with black roses, silver beads and diamanté.

The embroidered roses on this Evening cape are in the Art Deco style; a movement in art and design initiated in France which influenced artists and designers all over the world. Art Deco absorbed patterns and shapes from ancient and exotic cultures, folk, classical and avant-garde art, as well as Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The stylised flattened imagery of woodblock prints was widely admired, influencing illustrators, embroiderers and couturiers in their application of decorative motifs.

Graphic depictions of the rose became popular during the period. Here, each rose is worked from flowing lines of continuous chain stitch.