Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

YEOHLEE TENG

MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1982. Courtesy of the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe. Yeohlee Teng.
FASHION DESIGN, 2004

Yeohlee Teng’s (Malaysian, b. 1955) striking clothes are noteworthy for their bold geometries, functionality, and demonstration of her forward-thinking interest in “zero-waste.” Here, a sarong—the “perfect typology,” according to Teng—is removed and folded on the runway to fit perfectly into the rectangle of cloth from which it was first generated.

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