Fashion Biography

Issey Miyake, Fashion Designer


Miyake was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1938. He established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970 and started to show his line at the Paris Collections in 1973. Miyake"s basic tenets for making clothes has always been the idea of creating a garment from "one piece of cloth", and the exploration of the
space between the human body and the cloth that covers it. His approach to design has always been to strike a consistent balance between tradition and innovation, handcrafts and new technology.
PLEATS PLEASE, which was born in1993, is a radical but eminently practical and universal form of contemporary clothing that combines technology, functionality and beauty. PLEATS PLEASE is exhibited at the Pompidou Center, Paris as the firstexample of clothing design, currently on view as part of an exhibitionentitled: BIG BANG: Destruction et Creation dans l"art du XX Siecle show.

In 1998, Miyake embarked upon a new project called A POC (A Piece of Cloth) with Dai Fujiwara and a team of young designers. He is challenging the way in which clothing is made using new process that harnesses computer technology to industrial knitting or weaving machines to create clothing beginning with a single piece of thread. Miyake established the Miyake Issey Foundation with the authorization of the Ministry of Education and Science, in February of 2004.

Photo by Yuriko Takagi

Selected Products
Issey Miyake
Issey Miyake Permanente
Asha by MDS
Issey Miyake Plantation (men"s wear)
Issey Miyake Pleats Please, since 1990
Issey Miyake Cotton (diffusion)

Selected Awards
Japan Fashion Editor"s Club Award (1974)
Pratt Institue, New York Award for Creative Design (1980)
International Award of the Council of America Fashion Designers (1984)
Neiman Marcus Award (1984)
Best Collection presented by a Foreign Designer Award of Les Oscars 1985 de la Mode, Paris (1985)
Award of the Japanese magazine for the textile industry Senken Shimbun (1986)
Mainichi Newspaper Fashion Awards (1977, 1984, and 1996)

Miyake"s licenses include hosiery, luggage, home furnishings, and bicycles.

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