Costume and Textiles
Man's JacketMade in Japan, Asia
Designed by Issey Miyake, Japanese, born 1938. Worn by John Cale, born 1942, Garnant, South Wales.
Sheer polyester plain weave over haircloth and wool interfacings; rayon plain weave lining
Currently not on view
2002-24-39125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift from the private collection of John Cale, 2002
LabelIssey Miyake doesn't so much design garments as inquire into the very nature of clothing. His acclaimed insight and continual exploration of the technology of cloth combine in this jacket, in which he examines both the structure and concept of traditional masculine tailoring. The sheer polyester fabric exposes the usually invisible construction features that are the foundation of the art of tailoring—hair canvas, shoulder pads, and pad stitching—to make an ingenious and revealing modernist statement.