Franco Moschino, Designer (Italian, 1950-1994)

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Moschino’s great sense of humor and incredible imagination are captured in this dress. The exquisitely embroidered bust area features two beaded teacups covering the breasts. Moschino’s interest in making visual puns is vividly evident here, since the word cup is commonly used to describe a woman's bust size. The phrase “T42” is embroidered in gold metallic threads on the front of the dress.

Consignor, New York; (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois), 02 September 2009, lot 338; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009.

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Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950-1994)
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Dress : Acetate (55%) rayon (45%) metal, glass, and cotton
Lining: Acetate (60%) Rayon (40%)
L: 25 1/8 in. (front neck to hem)
L: 24 11/16 in. (back neck to hem)
bust: 32 in.
waist: 27 in.
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'MOSCHINO COUTURE! Made in Italy' (black on a white ground with a heart-shaped motif woven in gold in the center)
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Purchased with funds provided by the Textile Arts Fund, Maxwell Anderson, Laura McGrew, Agapito E. Morgan, Niloo Paydar, Petra Slinkard, Kathleen Kiefer
© Franco Moschino
Textile and Fashion Arts

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