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Jumpsuit

Designer:
Donna Karan (American, born 1948)
Design House:
Donna Karan New York (American, founded 1985)
Department Store:
Bergdorf Goodman (American, founded 1899)
Date:
spring/summer 1986
Culture:
American
Medium:
cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter R. Feuchtwanger, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.369.3
Not on view
When Donna Karan established her own design house in 1985, she continued an emphasis on sportswear dressing that had characterized the traditions of Anne Klein, where she had established her career. Her first innovation, the "Essentials" line, was a set of seven wardrobe components based on a bodysuit that could be layered and coordinated in various ways. At a time when women in the professional workforce were seeking an alternative to clothing based on tailored menswear, Karan's luxurious yet pragmatic solution struck a chord. Her designs in black and charcoal gray suggested the sophisticated urbanity of the professional woman, while the body-conscious base components conveyed an alluring femininity. The jumpsuit, originally designed as functional, protective apparel, is at once a statement of a no-nonsense prioritization of efficiency as well as an acknowledgment, in its sleek, attenuating line, of the universal interest in projecting a dynamic and flattering figure.

"It has the sophistication of a dress and the simplicity of pants all wrapped into one. To me, it's a look that delivers strength, comfort, and confidence."

-Donna Karan
Marking: [label] "Donna Karan/ New York/ 100% cotton/ commercially/ dry clean/ Made in Hong Kong/ M"; "Bergdorf/ Goodman/ on the plaza/ New York"
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