Wedding dress

Designer: Yohji Yamamoto (Japanese, born Yokohama, 1943)

Date: spring/summer 2000

Culture: Japanese

Medium: a) cotton, nylon, silk; b) cotton, nylon

Credit Line: Gift of Minori Shironishi, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.573.8a, b


Executed in a cotton muslin, this wedding dress is emblematic of Yamamoto's deconstructive eye; the typical patterning fabric evokes the silhouette of a work-in-progress, and the designer's large basting seam stitches complete this transitional, unfinished aesthetic. Yamamoto poetically fuses brash, hasty underpinnings with couture detail to produce a garment that is at once modern and traditionally elegant. Both dramatic and absurd, the dress connotes the formality of the runway but the comfort of the boudoir.