In an inventive combination of informality and grand effect, Kamali exploits the silver and dove silk of parachute cloth for evening wear. She creates an inflated silhouette akin to eighteenth-century fashioning in the fullness and curtainlike drape of the abundant fabric. Kamali contrasts the utilitarian material with the lavishness of a profligate billowing skirt. Jumpsuit (1978.163.1a-d) in background of same materials also by Kamali, created especially for Diana Vreeland to be displayed in the exhibition "Vanity Fair."
Marking: [label] "Kamali"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Swords into Ploughshares," September 7, 1995–November 26, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove from the Costume Institute," December 15, 1977–September 3, 1978.