Akris (Albert Kriemler)
Printed wool mousseline, metal chain belt
Fall 2011, Swotzerland
Gift of Akris, 2011.38.1
Albert Kriemler, creative director and co-owner of Akris, has been an innovator in the recent use of photoprints, such as this image of the Wedding Tower—visible on the sleeve—created by Vienna Secession architect Joseph Maria Olbrich.
Silver mirror finish polyurethane
Spring 2011, England
Museum purchase, 2011.58.2
Gareth Pugh created this silver dress from slashed polyurethane. Although the slashes appear to be laser cut, Pugh says that he produced them “the good old-fashioned way—by hand, with a ruler and a blade.” The dress demonstrates Pugh’s unique talent for blending an avant-garde, technological aesthetic with a mastery of traditional tailoring techniques.
Velvet, glass beads, feathers, sequins, rhinestones
Fall 2008, USA
Gift of Ralph Lauren Corporation, 2012.1.1
Ralph Lauren’s name may be synonymous with American sportswear, but the designer is also recognized for his dramatic evening clothes. Lauren’s use of lavish materials, intricate embellishments, and sophisticated silhouettes frequently evokes the glamour of old Hollywood.
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Princeton University 25th reunion blazer
Orange and black pinstriped wool
Museum purchase, 2012.2.1
Princetonians were the pre-war Ivy style leaders, and they helped move athletic wear from the sporting arenas to the classroom and beyond. Other Ivies followed Princeton’s lead. The rigid expectation that sports clothes be worn only while engaged in athletics began to loosen during the 1920s.