Skirt suit, Adolfo for Saks Fifth Avenue, 1988-89

WAG 2014.34.3

About this object

Adolfo Sardina was born in Cuba and emigrated to New York in 1948. During the 1950s he worked as an apprentice milliner in the Paris workshops of Cristóbal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel, before setting up his own millinery salon in 1962. But he did not enjoy making hats and soon began making clothes instead.

Following another period working with Chanel in 1966, Adolfo began to design knitted suits that were clearly inspired by her classic suits of the 1920s. He sold them in the prestigious New York department stores Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
  • Date
    1988 - 1989
  • Maker
    Adolfo for Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Materials
    Wool machine-knitted
  • Credit line
    Gift of Mrs Dorothy Johnson, 2014
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Craft and Design Gallery
  • Place made
    Americas: Northern America: USA: New York State: New York City
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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