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Jean Paul Gaultier, Designer (French, 1952-)


The wearer chooses the length and silhouette of this interactive dress. Worn long and hugging the figure, it is reminiscent of clothes donned by the fictional gothic characters Elvira and Morticia Adams. As the skirt’s hemline rises, the dress changes dramatically. The rings and leather ties permit the wearer to manipulate the dress in a multitude of ways.

Stephanie Kaster, New York; {1} (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois); {2} purchased by Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009.

{1} Information provided by Hindman in correspondence.
{2} See catalogue, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Vintage Couture and Accessories, 19 April 2009, lot 318.

Object Information

designer
Jean Paul Gaultier (French, 1952-)
creation date
1990s
materials
wool blend, cotton, rayon, leather, metal rings
mark descriptions
Jean Paul Gaultier/Femme
accession number
2009.557
credit line
Textile Arts Fund
copyright
© Jean Paul Gaultier
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors