Issey Miyake (b 1938) is a leading Japanese fashion designer well-known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances. He studied graphic design at Tama Art University and after graduating he worked in Paris and New York. By 1970, he returned to Tokyo and founded the Miyake Design Studio.
In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement and ease of care and production, thus combining functionality and beauty.
Since the beginning of his career, Miyake’s philosophy has been to construct garments from a single piece of fabric, and to explore the relationship between a three-dimensional form, such as the body, and two-dimensional cloth. Garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. Once the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to wear. At first sight, one can only think about ‘origami”. The visual aesthetics of these garments is breathtaking and it makes you wonder whether the garments are made of fabric or paper.
Miyake’s brand and lines include: Issey Miyake, Please Pleats, HaaT, A-POC, among others. In 2004, The Miyake Issey Foundation was established. He is also one of the four directors of 21-21 Design Sight, a museum-style research center for design, constructed by Tadao Ando that opened in Tokyo in 2007. (The other directors are Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa and associate director, Noriko Kawakami).
Official Websites: 21-21 Design Sight http://www.2121designsight.jp/en/ (English/Japanese) // Issey Miyake: http://www.isseymiyake.com/en/ (English/Japanese) // Taku Satoh: http://www.tsdo.jp/#/portfolio/all (English/Japanese) // Naoto Fukasawa http://www.naotofukasawa.com (English/Japanese) // Noriko Kawakami: Read an interview to her @ http://read.artspacetokyo.com/interviews/noriko-kawakami/ // Tadao Ando: http://www.tadao-ando.com (English/Japanese)
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