Designer: Issey Miyake (Japanese, born 1938)

Design House: Miyake Design Studio (Japanese)

Date: 1989

Culture: Japanese

Medium: wool

Credit Line: Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.79.3


This knit dress, the creation of which coincided with Miyake's 1989 "Cicada Pleats" pieces, features triangular structures divergent from an otherwise natural torso line. These structures provided permanence in form within a fluid and otherwise organic entity. Often compared to the padded dresses or projectile shapes of Rei Kawakubo's collections, Miyake's triangular protrusions were interpreted by many fashion critics as the designer's confrontation of traditional Western body ideals