Capes may have made a comeback this winter, but they have served as fashionable outerwear for decades. As proof, we’ve paired capes from our costume collection with those found on the Fall 2014 runways. Which are your favorites?
These eerie skeleton outfits aren’t Halloween costumes. They’re ensembles by designers Carlo Ponti and Bernhard Willhelm that experiment with the shape of the human body. Ponti’s cape and dress wrap around to dramatically redefine the body’s curves—an effect heightened by the dress’s painted vertebrae, which peek out from under the cape. Willhelm’s design emphasizes the body through its woven representations of arm and leg bones. See more spooky styles from the Museum’s Costume collection here.
Woman’s Ensemble: Mink Cape, Dress, Gloves, and Shoes; Winter 2001; designed by Carlo Ponti
Woman’s Ensemble: Dress, Leggings, Skirt, and Armpieces; Spring/Summer 2011; designed by Bernhard Willhelm
Women’s Shoes, Autumn/Winter 2011–12, designed by Bernhard Willhelm