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Woman's '"Flying Saucer" Dress

Designed by Issey Miyake, Japanese, born 1938

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Date:
Spring/Summer 1994

Medium:
Heat-set polyester plain weave

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

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1997-100-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Issey Miyake, 1997

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Label:
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.