Saturday, 17 January 2009


I was talking to my friend Ida today about the ideal wardrobe, and I remembered a picture I'd always kept of the garment called Tuta that Italian born artist and designer Ernesto Michahelles (known by the palindrome pseudonym THAYAHT ) of the Futurist movement designed in 1919-1920. It was intended as a garment accessible to all, with the pattern being published in the newspaper, and yet became a style statement amongst the Florentine cognoscenti. It still seems a perfectly elegant, functional garment to me, which in our day could be unisex. One thing I discovered tonight about Thayaht is that he designed the logo for the legendary house of Madeleine Vionnet.

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