Item 2019.111 - Michiko Koshino Black Inflatable Jacket and Bag

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Michiko Koshino Black Inflatable Jacket and Bag


  • 1986 (Creation)

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2 (jacket and storage bag)

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Black PVC inflatable jacket with a stand collar and hood. Across the back is printed in white lettering: 'MICHIKO LONDON / KOSHINO / DO NOT CLOSE TO FIRE / DO NOT SWIM / YOU CAN WEAR IN THE RAIN'. The collar has a zip at the back that the hood folds into. It fastens centre front with five metal press studs and has a draw cord around the bottom hem. There are two large patch pockets with flaps at the waist and it has clear plastic nozzles on the arms and sides to be blown into to inflate the jacket. There are five wide horizontal inflatable channels across the back, two across each arm, four across the chest and two large inflatable panels under the pockets. Welded or sealed seams.

Small black drawstring bag for storage printed in white lettering on one side: 'MICHIKOLONDON / KOSHINO / DO NOT CLOSE TO FIRE / DO NOT SWIM / YOU CAN WEAR IN THE RAIN'.

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Materials: polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

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Invisible Men exhibition label:

Michiko Koshino

Unable to afford padding material to put inside coats and jackets, Japanese designer Michiko Koshino realised that ’the air is free and cheap’. This inspired a range of inflatable garments that allow the wearer to alter the fit of the garment by adjusting the amount of air in ten different compartments.

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Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys was photographed for the cover of their 1990 single Being Boring wearing this design.

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