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Design Collective threeASFOUR at the Textile Museum this Friday

The 'Cut' dress in threeASFOUR's 2010 spring ready-to-wear collection.

The 'Cut' dress in threeASFOUR's 2010 spring ready-to-wear collection.

Since 2005, the New York-based fashion collective threeASFOUR, comprised of Gabi Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil, has been producing avant garde, almost museum-quality clothing that recalls Japanese designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo. Indeed, their clothing has been featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in London's Victoria and Albert Museum. This Friday, the designers are coming to the Textile Museum to collaborate on a work of performance art based on Yoko Ono's famous Cut Piece.

Ono has been a major source of inspiration for the designers recently: During the spring ready-to-wear shows last September in New York, the trio featured Ono's drawings in their collection, played music from her most recent album, and re-created Cut on the runway. The models snipped at a dress until the model wearing it was left in nothing but a bra and briefs. Following Friday's performance, Sabrina Gschwandtner, founder of KnitKnit magazine, will moderate a question and answer session with the designers.

The performance will take place Friday, July 23, from 8-10 p.m. at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $20. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 78 for more information.

Photo: style.com

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    phenomenal execution in designing the 'cut' dress.

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