FULL-LENGTH BLACK CAPE
Loosely woven black wool crepe cape, unlined, with five large round buttons down the front, armholes with button closures, hook and eye closure and long ties at neck.
Long before he met Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz was known for his signature full-length Loden cape, which he wore year-round. In choosing to style himself in this manner, Stieglitz was "following in the footsteps of earlier male artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, James McNeill Whistler, and Oscar Wilde, who adopted the cape as "art dress" (Living Modern, p. 84).
Alfred Stieglitz, New York
Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1946 (by descent)
By descent to the present owner
Threadbare at a handful of places along the front of the cape, indicative of heavy wear; reinforced in a few places, lacking one button at left armhole.
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