Designer: Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938)
Design House: Miyake Design Studio (Japanese)
Date: spring/summer 2000
Dimensions: Length at CB: 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Nancy Stanton Talcott, 2001
Accession Number: 2003.205
In a characteristic exploitation of the shape-holding possibilities of a novel textile, Issey Miyake introduces a blisterlike oval to the derrière of a simple chemise dress. The geometric form recalls the bustles of the late nineteenth century, but in its high-tech and minimalist rendering, it conforms to the avant-gardist rather than historicist sensibility that informs the designer's oeuvre.