Man's Tie

Designed by Nicole Miller, American, born 1951. Sold by Sophy Curson, Philadelphia, established 1929.

Made in Korea, Asia


Multicolored printed silk compound weave

57 x 4 inches (144.8 x 10.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of David A. Schwartz / Sophy Curson inc., 2009

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While the late twentieth century was the era of red power ties and necktie-free casual wear, conversational ties allowed for an expression of personality. The hit of 1986 was the fish tie—shaped like a salmon, tuna, trout, or other fish—the brainchild of Mark Abramoff and two Wisconsin buddies, which sold five thousand a week. Five years later, one of Nicole Miller's signature prints commented wryly on contemporary culture by showing lurid New York tabloid headlines, including "Headless Body in Topless Bar."