Japanese Designer Issey Miyake Has Died

The revolutionary designer died of liver cancer in a hospital in Tokyo on August 5, Issey Miyake Group said in a statement. He was 84 years old. Per Miyake’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Miyake’s work embraced traditional handcrafts as well as new technologies. He was the founder of the Miyake Design Studio and the Issey Miyake Group.

“It is with heavy heart that we must inform you that Issey Miyake, designer, and founder of the Miyake Design Studio and the Issey Miyake Group, passed away on August 5th, 2022, at a hospital in Tokyo, surrounded by close friends and associate.”

The Japanese fashion designer, who was born in Hiroshima in 1938, gained an interest in design after discovering artist and designer Isamu Noguchi’s Peace and West Peace Bridges in his home city.

Miyake studied at Tama Art University’s Department of Graphic Design before working as an assistant at French fashion houses Guy Laroche and Givenchy after graduating.

He established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970 and three years later started presenting his collections in Paris.

“Never one to embrace trends, Miyake’s dynamic spirit was driven by a relentless curiosity and desire to convey joy through the medium of design,” continued the group’s statement.

“Always a pioneer, Miyake both embraced traditional handcrafts but also looked to the next solution: the newest technology driven by research and development. He never once stepped back from his love, the process of making things.”

Miyake experimented with a range of materials, fabric manipulation and techniques to develop fashion innovations while making use of and reviving near-lost traditional production methods to facilitate the manufacturing of his garments.

For the fashion houses’ Autumn Winter 2020 collection, the label presented bodysuits with origami folds, rainbow knitwear and multi-zip puffer jackets.

Issey Miyake’s stores were similarly as dramatic and innovation-driven, with Tokujin Yoshioka installing an industrial pleating machine within the interior of its Homme Plissé flagship store in Tokyo.

Source: BOF

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