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1980-1981 {autumn-winter}

Artist/s name
metal, opaque synthetic polymer resin, polyester
39.0 x 18.0 x 34.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
© Miyake Design Studio
Gallery location
Not on display

Moulded on a human form, this bustier was made in collaboration with a mannequin manufacturer. Playing with the idea that clothing normally conceals, Issey Miyake created a second skin of glossy metal. In a convergence of body, form and garment, this bustier can be regarded as pure sculpture yet is, at the same time, wearable. Bustier, 1980, was one of the first in a series of experimental and sculptural garments that culminated in Miyake’s Bodyworks exhibition that toured to museums and galleries in Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco between 1983 and 1985.