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Akris dress Akris (Albert Kriemler)
Printed wool mousseline
Fall 2011, Switzerland
Gift of Albert Kriemler, 2012.62.1

Albert Kriemler, creative director and co-owner of Akris, has been an innovator in the use of photo-manipulation software and inkjet printing. This dress features an image of the Wedding Tower designed by Vienna Secession architect Joseph Maria Olbrich. 
Dries Van Noten ensemble Dries Van Noten 
Plaid cotton, silk, synthetic and cotton blend stretch satin
Spring 2013, Belgium
Gift of Dries Van Noten, 2013.6.1

The plaids of this ensemble bring to mind the ubiquitous flannels of grunge, but Van Noten’s reinterpretation is grunge gone couture. With luxe fabrics and chic styling, as Women’s Wear Daily wrote," Van Noten took the young, gritty concepts of punk and grunge and transported them to a place grown-up, elegant and drop-dead gorgeous.”

"" Thom Browne
Printed Madras polyester faille, cotton, silk/cotton tie, multicolor plaid cotton hoops, leather
Spring 2013, USA
Gift of Thom Browne, 2013.20.1

Thom Browne’s vividly-colored, imaginative reinterpretation of the cage crinoline places the garment, traditionally hidden from view, on the outside of one of his signature suits, made in the small proportions for which the designer is known. He adds another architectural dimension to the ensemble with a second circular hoop, fitted at the waist and high on the neck.

"" Diana Slip
Fetish boots
Leather and brass
Circa 1930, France
Museum purchase, 2013.50.1

"The height of the boots and the heel-toe proximity means that walking in them would have been almost impossible. Diana Slip was a specialist lingerie and erotica company established in Paris in the 1930s by Leo Vidal. They specialized in fetish clothes, saucy postcards and literature, and everything madame or monsieur might require for the boudoir, so to speak. He employed some of the leading photographers of the day such as Brassai, Jean Moral and Roger Schall, all of whom needed work during the depression. The company went into liquidation at the end of World War II.” (description via Kerry Taylor auction)

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