Bonnie Cashin (American, Oakland, California 1908–2000 New York)
Philip Sills & Co. (American, founded 1946)
(a) wool; (b) wool, leather
Gift of Helen and Philip Sills Collection of Bonnie Cashin Clothes, 1979
Not on view
Robust materials seized from hardy men's outerwear became coin of the realm for Cashin, who tied and latched these rugged material with aplomb. Gender-shared outerwear is now commonplace, but it was chiefly Cashin's invention. In the 1960s, asymmetrical tying was sufficient to render the style feminine. But the flare of the coat also suggests Cashin's Pacific-Rim sensibility: robing, along with asymmetry, suggest the stimulus of Chinese and Japanese robes and kimono.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Ingenuity," April 2, 1998–August 16, 1998.