Yohji Yamamoto (Japanese, born 1943)
Natural cotton muslin
Gift of Minori Shironishi, 2003 (2003.573.8a,b)
Executed in a cotton muslin, this wedding dress is emblematic of Yamamoto's deconstructive eye; the typical patterning fabric evokes the silhouette of a work-in-progress, and the designer's large basting seam stitches complete this transitional, unfinished aesthetic. Yamamoto poetically fuses brash, hasty underpinnings with couture detail to produce a garment that is at once modern and traditionally elegant. Both dramatic and absurd, the dress connotes the formality of the runway but the comfort of the boudoir.