Thierry Mugler, Fall / Winter 1996-1997

Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman suit from 1992's "Batman Returns" anchors a section on "The Paradoxical Body." It's an easy choice given how this crusader is not only the object of fetishists' desires but also the embodiment of the "bad girl-good girl." A mannequin in shiny black (a Thierry Mugler design) follows this conceit into the realm of the dominatrix, and Versace and Dolce & Gabbana outfits provide purely voyeuristic glimpses between the leather. (Thierry Mugler, fall-winter 1996-1997) Also in Image: • • Miu Miu boutique is back — in Beverly Hills • Cars and couture
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