Today’s fashion scene is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before. Between the fishnet obsession, bold layering, thousand dollar sweats, and graphic streetwear, 2017 resembles a big, beautiful circus. Yet lost in the hype we tend to forget the old-school designers, the brands that didn’t create trends but instead, works of art. Amidst the madness, we found ourselves wondering: what ever happened to Issey Miyake?
Avant-garde silhouettes and unconventional textiles are just a few of the things that make Issey Miyake’s designs revolutionary. While it’s important to know the latest trend, it’s also just as important to know the brands that led us there. After his run at Givenchy, the Japanese-born designer started his eponymous line in 1970. Soon after, Miyake began experimenting with unusual materials like plastic, paper, rope, and grass to create unique, artful silhouettes with an “East meets West” influence.
As a conceptual designer, every brand under Issey Miyake has a method behind its creation. Take 132 5, where he implements a mathematical algorithm to make each garment foldable into a two-dimensional shape similar to a piece of origami.
Or the fan favorite (us included!), Pleats Please. Miyake invented a signature method of pleating and crinkling, creating a collection of individualistic yet completely wearable, everyday pieces.
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Then there’s the famous Bao Bao. It’s a flexible, foldable, moveable collection of bags that create “shapes made by chance”.
Has Issey Miyake been forgotten? Certainly not. Just look at contemporary brands like Stella McCartney, who in recent collections showcased pieces inspired by Miyake’s work. And let’s not be remiss in mentioning Steve Jobs’ signature black turtleneck—after striking up a friendship, he designed the infamous piece for which the tech guru became known. With all Issey Miyake‘s far-reaching yet under-the-radar influence, we hope you’ll take a moment peruse and appreciate this unconventionally stunning and incredibly talented designer.
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