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Bustier

Designer:
Thierry Mugler (French, born 1948)
Date:
1992
Culture:
French
Medium:
plastic
Credit Line:
Purchase, Richard Martin Bequest, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.252
Not on view
The citing of motorcycle imagery for a bustier melds the concepts of chassis and the female torso. The implication of the body as a vehicle to be driven or ridden inevitably raises the possibility of sexist interpretation. On the runway, however, the model, gripping her handlebar panniers, steered herself.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy," May 7, 2008–September 1, 2008.

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