'Yatagarasu' Tooled Leather Bra by Cristiane Tano

'Yatagarasu' Tooled Leather Bra by Cristiane Tano, 2015, Brazil. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2015

Origin: Brazil

Fabric: Leather

Brand: Cristiane Tano


Cristiane Tano’s ‘Yatagarasu’ collection was inspired by the Japanese legend of the Yatagarasu, the golden crow. The collection incorporated traditional costume elements and symbols from the mythology, such as the black feather motif element over a gold background used in this bra design.

The bra incorporates different textures of heavy weight cow leather, using polished, foiled and sueded finishes. The garment is machine stitched together, with hand cut and tooled detailing at the neckline bonded to a gold foiled leather inlay. The heavy weight of the leathers give the bra structure without the need for elastication or metal supports. It fastens with satin ropes at the neck and centre back, with decorative knot detailing at the front underbust of the garment.

Cristiane Tano is a Brazil based designer specialising in leatherwork, fashioning unique pieces with a focus on craftsmanship and aesthetic refinement. The designs are characterised by their contrast between unexpected design elements and materials. The designer’s label operated between 2011-2017, closing to focus on other creative ventures.


Kindly donated to The Underpinnings Museum collection by Cristiane Tano.