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Semi Couture dressmakers bodice and accessory

Spring 1997
Maison Martin Margiela (Belgian, founded 1989)


Center back (Bodice): 76.8 cm (30 1/4 in.) Length (Accessory): 141.6 cm (55 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave, printed (bodice); silk chiffon plain weave and elastic (accessory)

Not On View



Coarse brown linen bodice with zip front, sleeveless with high neckline; Fabric of bodice removed from French Semi-Couture dressmakers form. Printed on front, “Semi Couture Paris, Brevet R.S.E.G., 35059” and on back, “Paris, Brevet R.S.E.G., 35059.” Ensemble includes bodice wrap of elastic and black silk chiffon.


2016, sold by Resurrection Vintage to the MFA. (Accesstion date: May 25, 2016)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council