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
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
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.