Meet Issey Miyake (1938 – ), a brilliant Japanese fashion designer with edgy and awesome designs.
Miyake comes from Hiroshima, and witnessed the atomic bomb dropped in August 1945. Luckily, he survived, and went on to study graphic design in Tokyo.
From there, Miyake went to Paris and New York to work, before returning to Japan to found Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women’s fashion.
In the late 1980s, Miyake started experimenting with new methods of pleating, which would increase flexibility of movement and improve care and production. This led to ‘garment pleating’, a new technique perfected in 1993.
In addition to fashion design, Miyake has also done some costume design for Ballett Frankfurt. He also drew Pocahontas, the girl in the movie, not the whole thing.
Blending traditional Japanese fabrics and production techniques, with a well of colors and patterns makes for fabrics most other designers can only dream about.
In 2000, Miyake himself stepped down, and made Naoki Takizawa (1960 – ) Creative Director of the fashion house.