Collection Online
metal, opaque synthetic polymer resin, polyester
39.0 × 18.0 × 34.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
© Miyake Design Studio
Gallery location
Not on display
A hard, lightweight red enamel coated bustier, cast with the anatomical impression of the bust, torso, navel, transferring to the fall of a peplum over the round of the abdomen. The bustier is cut away under the arms and curves around the side body to a rounded finish at the side backs. The interior coating is black with a flock surface. The bustier slips onto the torso like a cuff.

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.