Cage Dress By Chromat

Cage Dress By Chromat, 2013, USA. The Underpinnings Museum. Photography by Tigz Rice.

Date: 2013

Origin: USA

Fabric: Satin elastic, plastic boning, metal zip

Brand: Chromat


A cage style dress, crafted from channels of satin elastic with plastic boning to hold the structure. It fastens with a metal zip through the centre front. The graphic lines of the dress both frame and exaggerate the body’s silhouette beneath, with the positioning of the channels giving the illusion of a cinched waist and a pannier inspired structure to emphasise the hips.

Chromat was founded in 2010 in New York by Becca McCharen-Tran. The designer’s background in architecture has a clear influence on the brand’s designs. The brand has become renowned for its boundary pushing and inclusive runway shows, using models of different body types and gender identities. The brand philosophy is one of inclusivity, ethical manufacturing and sustainability (with nylon based garments using fibres from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles). Although the label now largely focuses on swimwear and sportswear, it began life as a primarily lingerie label.


From the collection of Karolina Laskowska

Museum number: KL-2022-061


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