Overflow Bodice, 2015
Jean Yu is known for her soft yet architectural underclothes, which embrace femininity while eschewing traditional tropes of lace and padding. She is meticulous in her craft and committed to every cut, as evidenced in the Overflow bodice (2015) that she created for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The garment reveals its construction: the bodice is configured from a single piece of silk that meets the lower piece at the waist. The sculptural form exposes a rolled edge, strategic darts, and only the slightest bit of lightweight boning.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.