Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1983

  • Work on this object began.

2020

Shirt And Skirt

This is a Shirt and skirt. It was designed by Willi Smith and made for WilliWear Ltd..

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Norman Smith as part of Willi Smith: Street Couture.

Its medium is cotton. It is a part of the department.


Throughout history, clothing has defined a person’s place in society, and governments have enforced dress codes by gender, race, ethnicity, and class. WilliWear collapsed the idea that people should wear clothing that conformed to a fixed identity. Smith emphasized a resistance to class distinctions prevalent in fashion at the time, saying, "My mother and grandmother were always ladies of style and still are. I guess they taught me that you didn’t have to be rich to look good."

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