Fashion Icons: Issey Miyake

13 Jul


Issey Miyake, the designer whose 1978 book was titled East Meets West,  brought together Japanese influences and European fashion. Miyake, a survivor of  the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, came to Paris in the late 1960s. Although he  worried he wouldn’t fit into the world of haute couture, he capitalized on a  time of great change to make that world fit him. His kimono-influenced look —  loose and accessible clothing made with an appreciation for the architecture of  the fabric — was something new, and he has not stopped innovating since. He  created the first fashion to appear on the cover of Artforum. He invented  a technique for permanent pleating of clothing. His latest project, from the lab  of young designers he leads, comprises garments that are each made of one piece  of recycled, folded material. In 1960, Miyake wondered why fashion was not  recognized as a true field of design — then he made sure that such a question  became obsolete.



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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Fashion Icons


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