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Ensemble - Looking for a musical instrument - wearing a paradox
  • Looking for a musical instrument - wearing a paradox
    Menoh, Lun-na
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Looking for a musical instrument - wearing a paradox

  • Object:

    Ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Menoh, Lun-na (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet with net, fur and appliqué

  • Museum number:

    T.272 to G-1989

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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’.

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.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1989 (made)

Artist/maker

Menoh, Lun-na (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet with net, fur and appliqué

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1989/604.

Descriptive line

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.

Materials

Net (textile); Fur

Techniques

Velvet weave; Applied work

Subjects depicted

Wreath; Flowers

Categories

Women's clothes; Musical instruments; Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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