I really loved the Issey Miyake mystery. The 2-piece outfit looked to me like an outfit Lady Gaga would have custom made for her tour or a press event. The fact that the piece was made so many years ago goes to show how revolutionary Mr. Miyake was. You can always tell couture by its construction, and this piece was no different. The construction of it alone was a mystery in itself -- I mean, how was this thing made!?! I was almost in disbelief that these two women wanted to give it up. It seemed to me like something they'd throw on to go get coffee!
Simon Doonan's expertise combined with his humor saved from getting more tense than it already was. From the first sight we could tell this suit was special, but to research it all the way back to its lineage, only to discover that this was a "missing" piece, put the women in an awkward position. Tara and I have definitely dealt with situations like this before. In re-sale there aren't a lot of rules. You never really know how the owner of the item came to have it. Some consignors have lots of items with tags on them, and sometimes your mind can wander. . .We always try to be as diplomatic as possible. Many times people who have stolen something end up not consigning because they want the cash up front. However, we could tell these women have just been toiling around fashion for so long, they apparently did have connections -- and not "Chinatown fake" connections -- actual connections to legit people who might have just been on an amazing photo shoot in Japan and decided to lift an original Miyake. . .it happens. But it's not often that these things resurface, and especially on national TV. . .
I was, as always, sad to lose the piece for the store, but glad that the piece would find it's rightful home – providing the ladies did, in fact, decide to give it to a museum and not keep it in their closet!