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Man's Jacket

Designed by Issey Miyake, Japanese, born 1938. Worn by John Cale, Welsh, born 1942.

Made in Japan, Asia

Spring 1998

Sheer polyester plain weave over haircloth and wool interfacings; rayon plain weave lining

Center Back Length: 33 inches (83.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift from the private collection of John Cale, 2002

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Issey 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.