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Issey Miyake Black & Beige Striped Plisse Spiral Nautilus Dress, 1990s
Futuristic designer Issey Miyake has mastered the technique of creating sculptural works of art in cloth. His innovative pattern cutting and signature use of micro pleating give his garments a unique form. As one of the earliest designers to take on this style of fashion, Miyake is held in high regard as a pioneer of these creative, out-of-this-world fashions.
From the 1990’s, this fabulous collector’s dress is done in an obsidian black and beige pleated fabric. As the title of the collection suggests, the spiraling column of this sleeveless dress is beautiful and otherworldly. Just as nautilus shells belong in the deep ocean, so does Issey Miyake belong to the Avant Garde fairy tale.
The dress presents a dynamic and rhythmic aesthetic throughout as the fabric is molded in a spiral that starts at the shoulders and encircles the wearer to the floor where a dramatic swoosh at the hem balances the otherwise smooth faces formed across the rest of the dress. The finely pleated fabric and spiral stitching allows for stretch while hugging the body for a perfect fit, with the sculptural hem offering the eye something new to appreciate at each angle.
* the nature of the fabric allows for a generous amount of stretch
Size estimate: SML/MED
Size: marked a size 3
Bust: 32-36 inches
Waist: 30 -36 inches
Length: 55 inches
The alternating rows of black and beige fabric further accentuate the lines of the body while adding a satisfying dramatic element to this already incredible dress. The fan-like swoosh of fabric at the hem is mirrored at the collar, which may be unfolded to create a high neckline or folded to create an asymmetric ruff that can extend over one shoulder. A highly collectable piece, this sophisticated Issey Miyake dress is the perfect choice for a gala, wedding, or special occasion.
This vintage dress is unlined and simply slips on over the head for easy wear. The nature of the fabric allows for a generous amount of stretch, and is able to accommodate a range of sizes, but is best suited as small/medium. In excellent condition, this Issey Miyake dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.