Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Man's Jumpsuit with Snap-on Partial Belt

Man's Jumpsuit with Snap-on Partial Belt

L'homme bis, Paris, France

Made in France, Europe

c. 1987-1990

Burnt-orange wool knit

Length: 61 inches (154.9 cm) Belt (length): 24 inches (61 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Kushner, 2002

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One-piece jumpsuits—adopted for utilitarian reasons by workers and pilots in the early twentieth century—achieved high-fashion status in the space age. The jumpsuit's streamlined style is incredibly adaptable, making it the perfect universal unisex garment. This example in a powerfully colored knit has an oversize eighties cut fitted by waist tucks and a snap-on belt. It was produced by the masculine version of the French label Dorothée Bis, known for sportswear that featured total looks rather than American-style mix-and-match separates.