Rouge My Knees

February 11, 2011, 12:19
Filed under: Masculin

He adopted the pseudonym .THAYAHT. around 1919, a “bifrontal” palindrome (visually symmetrical, it can be read from right to left, left to right, and in a mirror).

BORN  Ernesto Michahelles (1893-1959) he is best known for his revolutionary design of the TuTa and his involvement with the Italian Futurist movement.

I recently was exposed to the illustrations Thayaht collaborated in with couturière Madeleine Vionnet. Whilst digging up as many illustrations as I could find, I came across Thayaht’s sketches for the TUTA.  Amazing to think he is responsible for the first full one piece, very close to a modern day worksuit/overalls or for the ladies, playsuit.

Thayaht in his TuTa:

sketches for the design:

a sampling of his geometric deco designs:


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I really like this post, its very interesting and insightful.

Comment by Paul Messis

Thank you! I was excited to discover the Tuta! and Thayaht…glad you found it interesting.

Comment by rougemyknees

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