Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer known for his innovations with fabric and his use of technology to produce interesting and practical garments.
Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Issey Miyake is considered the father of Japanese fashion. Not only did he present a completely new way of approaching garment construction – flat shapes with few, if any, seams, which adjusted entirely to the wearer's body – he also brought Japan from fashion obscurity to the very forefront of contemporary fashion design.
Issey’s approach to designing clothes is like that of a product designer. His process entails a long period of research into materials, manufacturing techniques and a continuous dialogue between him and his team.
Issey Miyake officially retired from design in 1997 but continues to oversee all the lines in the company. He has a compulsion to innovate and explore – this is part of the success of his brand and also why he continues to work. Now at 72, the designer is launching a new line of clothes that can best be described as wearable origami: 132 5. The project is born out of a desire to conserve what's left of traditional Japanese textile manufacturing.
Constructible Clothes (1969), Plastic Body (1980), L’Eau de Issey Perfume (1992) Pleats Please (1993), A-POC (2001), Bao Bao Bags, In-Ei for Artemide (2010), 21_21 Design Sight Museum (2007)