Costume and Textiles
Man's TieMade in Korea, Asia
Designed by Nicole Miller, American, born 1951. Sold by Sophy Curson, Philadelphia, established 1929.
Multicolored printed silk compound weave
Currently not on view
2009-165-17Gift of David A. Schwartz / Sophy Curson inc., 2009
LabelWhile the late twentieth century was the era of red power ties and necktie-free casual wear, conversational ties allowed for an expression of personality. The hit of 1986 was the fish tie—shaped like a salmon, tuna, trout, or other fish—the brainchild of Mark Abramoff and two Wisconsin buddies, which sold five thousand a week. Five years later, one of Nicole Miller's signature prints commented wryly on contemporary culture by showing lurid New York tabloid headlines, including "Headless Body in Topless Bar."