08/01/2013 03:04 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2013

82nd & Fifth: FRENCH DRESSING by Harold Koda

Paul Poiret constructed this garment by taking one fifteen-foot-long piece of fabric, twisting it, and connecting it with just one seam, leaving openings for the sleeves. "It's maddening because you would never think to approach the making of a garment in this way before," says curator Harold Koda.

Watch an animation detailing the construction of the garment.