Designer: Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938)

Design House: Miyake Design Studio (Japanese)

Date: spring/summer 2000

Culture: Japanese

Medium: synthetic

Credit Line: Gift of Nancy Stanton Talcott, 2001

Accession Number: 2003.205


In a characteristic exploitation of the shape-holding possibilities of a novel textile, Issey Miyake introduces a blisterlike oval to the derrière of a simple chemise dress. The geometric form recalls the bustles of the late nineteenth century, but in its high-tech and minimalist rendering, it conforms to the avant-gardist rather than historicist sensibility that informs the designer's oeuvre.