Miyake, Issey; Black polyester heat set pleated dress
Straight, calf-length cocktail-type dress; fabric is embossed over mini pleat; purchased 1994; sleeveless with scoop neck; both sleeve and neck finished with clean-finish 1/4 inch hem, no facing on either neck or armhole opening; 8 inch slit at left side hem; A 9 x 7 inch pouch of matching fabric with sapphire blue lining accompanies garment to use for storing garment or for travel (See 2007.25.2). Garment appears very small (about 20 inches in diameter when relaxed) but pleats expand when garment is worn.
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This dress belonged to Angela K. Westwater. Angela's father, William King Westwater, operated a family plumbing supplies company in Columbus, Ohio. Angela graduated from Smith College in 1964 and works as an art dealer in New York City. She co-founded a gallery named Sperone Westwater Fischer in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater, and German art dealer Konrad Fischer opened a space at 142 Greene Street in SoHo, New York. (The gallery's name was changed to Sperone Westwater in 1982.)
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