Fashion Friday: Caped Crusaders

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?

Woman’s Evening Cape,” Spring 1937, designed by Elsa Schiaparelli

Fall 2014 Ready-to-wear, by Blumarine
Photo by Marcus Tondo /

Woman’s Coat and Stole,” Fall 1960, designed by Pauline Trigère

Fall 2014 Ready-to-wear, by Saint Laurent
Photo by Gianni Pucci /

Woman’s Mink Cape,” Winter 2001, designed by Carlo Ponti

Fall 2014 Ready-to-wear, by Gareth Pugh
Photo by Kim Weston Arnold / 


Fashion Friday: Skeleton Chic

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