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2000/110/1 Outfit, comprising dress and shoes (pair), womens, High Spirit collection, Resort 2000, cotton/ glass beads/ silk thread/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa, Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes, Australia, 1999. Click to enlarge.

Womens outfit by Akira Isogawa

Designed
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most innovative and successful fashion designers. He is best known for his distinctive east-west fusion clothes mixing traditional Japanese and Asian textiles and forms, with influences from historical and contemporary European fashion. Under his eponymous label 'Akira Isogawa' he retails through his own boutique in Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney, department store, David Jones as well as some of the world's top stores including Browns in London, Barney's, …

Summary

Object No.

2000/110/1

Object Statement

Outfit, comprising dress and shoes (pair), womens, High Spirit collection, Resort 2000, cotton/ glass beads/ silk thread/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa, Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes, Australia, 1999

Physical Description

Outfit, comprising a dress and shoes (pair), womens, High Spirit collection, Resort 2000, cotton/ glass beads/ silk thread/ leather, dress designed and made by Akira Isogawa in Australia, beaded panel designed and made in Indonesia, shoes made by Selby Shoes in Australia, 1999

Dress: tight fitting, mid calf length sheath dress made of cotton. The front is of yellow cotton with a colour printed design of a flowering tree with two birds alighting from branches and two bees buzzing around the flowers. The print is heavily beaded over with coloured glass beads and sequins. The back of cream cotton is cut and pieced together to create an asymmetrical train or bustle at proper left back. The proper right back is folded back and fastened in place with three clear plastic press studs to fit bodice and add to bustle effect. Narrow cream cotton shoulder straps cross over at back. Left back opening fastens with a cream nylon invisible zipper. Machine sewn and unlined.

Shoes: pair of flat slip on womens shoes with square toes made of fine grey fabric embroidered all over in an abstract floral design in red and pink. Flat thin soles and short stacked heels of red stained leather. Lined with beige leatherette and partial inner soles of red leatherette.

Marks

Dress: two black fabric labels inside proper left back 'akira', '2'. White fabric label at same place '100% cotton/ Do not wash/ Do not Bleach/ Do not Tumble/ Dry/ Cool Iron/ Dry-Clean Only/ Made in Australia'.
Shoes: small orange paper sticker inside each shoe '9b'. Impressed on soles '9/ MADE BY SELBY SHOES/ ALL LEATHER SOLE/ 9/ B'.

Production

Notes

Isogawa travels through Asia sourcing fabrics and meeting local craftspeople.The beaded panel on this dress was inspired by traditional Javanese batik and beading and was sourced by Isogawa through a workshop in Bali.

The dress evolved from the beaded panel which Isogawa sought to combine with a dress of unsusual cut. He achieved this by folding and darting the fabric close to the body, resulting in an excess of fabric at the rear which was then tucked and folded into an irregular bustle at the back.

The beaded panel was made in Bali. The dress was made in Akira Isogawa's studio in Sydney.

This outfit was designed, made and used in 1999.

History

Notes

This Resort 2000 dress, festooned with chunky Balinese beading, was part of Akira Isogawa's 'High Spirit' catwalk collection for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 1999. The dress was worn again by a model for the Fashion of the Year photo shoot and for the parade held in conjunction with the announcement of the Powerhouse Museum Fashion of the Year selection.

It was the garment that fashion editor and journalist Marion Hume singled out from Australian Fashion Week as 'the dress that saved Sydney' for its originality while reminding the reader that 'the very best clothes are made of dreams'.

References:

Marion Hume, 'The Dress That Saved Sydney: The Verdict', Fashion Extra lift-out of The Australian, 21 May 1999.
Georgina Safe, 'Akira Isogawa: Unfolding a Life in Fashion', MAAS Media, in association with Thames & Hudson, 2018

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Akira Isogawa, 1999 Part of the Grand Marnier/Powerhouse Museum, Fashion of the Year collection

Acquisition Date

28 September 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens outfit by Akira Isogawa 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 November 2022, <https://ma.as/8118>

Wikipedia

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