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Alessandro Michele for Gucci
Multi-color canvas, leather, and metal
Spring 2016, Italy
Gift of Alyson Cafiero, 2017.11.1
Loafers have been a fixture of the Gucci company since the 1950s. Today, creative director Alessandro Michele has updated the signature style with a longer toe and a range of brightly colored, romantic designs – but the distinctive horsebit hardware remains intact, ensuring they are recognizably a Gucci product.
Akris (Albert Kriemler)
Leather and wool
Gift of Akris, 2017.12.1
Designer Albert Kriemler cleverly recreated python skin using hundreds of laser-cut, leather scales, each of which was hand-placed and sewn onto this dress. The result is a technical feat that highlights Akris’s commitment to artistry and craftsmanship. Due to poaching, some python species are now threatened. Kriemler’s design offers an imaginative and luxurious alternative to real snakeskin.
Silk and glass
Spring 1995, England
Gift of Michèle Gerber Klein, 2017.24.1
Pink accessories have played an important part in women’s fashion. Historically, hats were an essential element of fashion, indicating class status as well as personal taste. Today, pink shoes or handbags are likely to be more significant. To see through rose-colored glasses is a common metaphor, and this style always has its fans.
Gift of Christian Siriano, 2017.26.1
Christian Siriano designed this dress for actress Leslie Jones to wear to a film premiere. Jones had tweeted that due to her physique, no fashion designer was willing to dress her for red carpet events. Siriano responded, saying he would be proud to design for her. The episode sparked a public debate about the marginalization of certain body types by contemporary brands.