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Looking for a musical instrument - wearing a paradox

Ensemble
1989 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Lun-na Menoh is a fashion designer whose clothes often resemble pieces of sculpture and she always incorporates a story into each of her works. This layered net overdress uses appliqué to create a forest in her fairy-tale narrative. The wood is suggested by applied strips of felt with pinked edges topstitched in white cotton and overlapping lengths of green, blue and white rick-rack braid. Additional braid and yellow ribbon inscribed with instructions are visible through the net haze.

This particular ensemble – complete with hat, shoes, violin case and wearing instructions – was conceived as a quest for the wearer, who must follow signs variously applied to the outfit in the hope of finding the missing musical instrument. As Lun-na Menoh’s instructions are self-denying, the instrument can never be found and the wearer is ‘snared in a circular path without escape’.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 8 parts.

  • Top
  • Overtunic
  • Pants
  • Hat
  • Shoe
  • Shoe
  • Violin Case
  • Wearing Instructions
Materials and Techniques
Velvet with net, fur and appliqué
Brief Description
Ensemble 'Looking for a musical instrument - wearing a paradox' consisting of a top, overtunic, pants, hat, a pair of shoes, a violin case, and wearing instructions, designed by Lun-na Menoh, Japan, 1989.
Physical Description
Ensemble consisting of a top, overtunic, pants, hat, a pair of shoes, a violin case, and wearing instructions. Velvet with net, fur and appliqué.
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1989/604.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Lun-na Menoh is a fashion designer whose clothes often resemble pieces of sculpture and she always incorporates a story into each of her works. This layered net overdress uses appliqué to create a forest in her fairy-tale narrative. The wood is suggested by applied strips of felt with pinked edges topstitched in white cotton and overlapping lengths of green, blue and white rick-rack braid. Additional braid and yellow ribbon inscribed with instructions are visible through the net haze.



This particular ensemble – complete with hat, shoes, violin case and wearing instructions – was conceived as a quest for the wearer, who must follow signs variously applied to the outfit in the hope of finding the missing musical instrument. As Lun-na Menoh’s instructions are self-denying, the instrument can never be found and the wearer is ‘snared in a circular path without escape’.
Collection
Accession Number
T.272 to G-1989

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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