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Fur Cape

This is a Fur Cape. It is dated ca. 1925. Its medium is silk, mink, pate de verre beads.

With bright red beadwork forming a pagoda landscape, this elegant French cape embodies the influence of chinoiserie and color on the period’s fashions. In the 1920s fur styles favored mink as a luxurious accent or in full length as a coat. Oversized fur collars, seen here, were popularized by Hollywood stars.

This object was donated by Anonymous. It is credited Courtesy of Laurie Jue Ying.

  • Scarf (France)
  • H x W: 89 x 85 cm (35 1/16 x 33 7/16 in.).
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1995-85-1

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Its dimensions are

H x W (as worn): 114.3 × 59.7 cm (45 in. × 23 1/2 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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