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Woman's '"Flying Saucer" Dress

Designed by Issey Miyake, Japanese, born 1938

Made in Japan, Asia

Spring/Summer 1994

Heat-set polyester plain weave

Height (Pink Band): 7 1/2 inches (19.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Issey Miyake, 1997

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Issey Miyake blends his Japanese heritage and his training in Western couture to expand the concept of clothing. Here, rings of color emphasize the eccentric "paper lantern" silhouette created by the permanently pleated polyester and the garment’s seamed construction. The tubular dress simply pulls on, taking its ever-changing shape from the body beneath; when removed, it returns to its preset folds and collapses like a Slinky toy for storage.