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Issey Miyake

Japanese, b. 1938

From the prismatic Pleats Please collection to the modular, three-dimensional garments crafted from recycled plastic bottles in his Reality Lab, the captivating fashions by Japanese designer Issey Miyake (b. 1938) are all about movement.

Born in Hiroshima, Miyake studied graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo before relocating to Paris in 1965, where he studied couture and cut his teeth working for Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy. In 1969, he moved to New York, where he worked for Geoffrey Beene. He returned to Tokyo in 1970 to found his first solo venture, the Miyake Design Studio. It wasn’t until the 1990s, though, that the designer had his breakthrough moment with experimentations in pleating. Some of his earliest explorations were for choreographer William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet Company, with the 1991 performance of The Loss of Small Detail featuring costumes Miyake designed with pleats that complemented and transformed the movement of the dancers.

Though long a staple in couture — from delicate women’s skirts to men’s suit pants — pleats took on new life in Miyake’s hands. By using a heat press to cure his fabrics after his garments are stitched, Miyake is able to maintain the accordion structure of the pleat, turning a series of folds into sculptural, often futuristic forms unbound by the shape of the human body. In 1993, Miyake debuted “garment pleating” in his Pleats Please line, in which the clothes are constructed at a size that is larger than what is intended for the finished product. The pleats are then created — a process that involves folding and ironing and is separate from the joining of seams — and individual pieces are subsequently hand-fed into a heat press. The pleats are permanent and the garments can be worn and washed without losing their shape.

Miyake’s pleats run the gamut in scale, enabling him to evoke dramatic, sharp silhouettes and flowy movements in equal measure. In essence, he has created an entirely new material whose iterations are infinite — a feat of technology as much as fashion. Other innovations include his 1997 Just Before collection, which introduced a series of tube-knit dresses that could be cut as desired, reducing both work and resources. His Reality Lab now investigates new materials, such as a fully recycled polyester. Miyake’s prowess, in fact, captured another iconic figure in the tech world: Steve Jobs, for whom the designer made hundreds of identical black turtlenecks, the late Apple founder’s sartorial signature.

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1990s Issey Miyake Gold Metallic Pleated Evening Gown
By Issey Miyake
Located in Austin, TX
1990s ISSEY MIYAKE GOLD METALLIC PLEATED CAPE EVENING GOWN Condition: Excellent One size similar one seen in Miyake book shot by Irving Penn
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1990s Issey Miyake

An Issey Miyaké Plush Acrylic Jacket Fall Winter 1998
By Issey Miyake
Located in Toulon, FR
Winter 1998 Fall Collection Japan Rare iconic plush acrylic jacket by Issey Miyaké presented during the Winter 1998 collection fashion show. Light plush with long hair and large re...
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1990s Issey Miyake

1984 ISSEY MIYAKE oversized off-the shoulder runway sweater
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Oversized vertically seamed, off-the shoulder sweater from Issey Miyake exactly as seen on the spring 1984 runway. Labeled a size 'M'. Approximate measurement at bust fully extended...
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1980s Issey Miyake

vintage ISSEY MIYAKE 1980's beige linen yellow obi belt cowl neck dress M rare
By Issey Miyake
Located in Hong Kong, NT
vintage ISSEY MIYAKE 1980's beige linen yellow obi belt cowl neck dress M rare Reference: TGAS/B00802 Brand: Issey Miyake Designer: Issey Miyake Collection: 1980's Material: Linen C...
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1980s Issey Miyake

1984 ISSEY MIYAKE alpaca and linen RUNWAY coat with horn toggle closure.
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Brown alpaca and linen coat with leather and horn toggle closure designed by Issey Miyake dating to the 1984 as seen on the runway. Has a beautiful draped fit around the high hip are...
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1980s Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE S/S 2004 Black Jersey Knit Cross Bandage Sweater Top
By Naoki Takizawa, Issey Miyake
Located in Thiensville, WI
Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2004 black jersey knit & winter white bandage sweater / top. Designed by Naoki Takizawa. Runway look #11. Asymmetrical bateau neckline. Winter white bandag...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Red Sweater Dress, 1990s
By Issey Miyake
Located in Austin, TX
1990s Issey Miyake red knit sweater dress. Wool and Silk. Condition: Excellent. Made in Japan. Size M (mannequin is a US size 6)
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1980s Issey Miyake

1990's ISSEY MIYAKE navy blue jacket and skirt with top-stitching
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Navy blue jacket and matching skirt with topstitched detail from Issey Miyake dating to the 1990's. Size 'S'. Approximate measurements for jacket: bust 36", waist 33", arm length fro...
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1990s Issey Miyake

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    To spot fake Issey Miyake clothing, examine the labels to ensure that the logo is in the correct font and that information printed on the sales tags and the labels matches. Because spotting counterfeits can be challenging, the brand advises customers to contact them directly with questions about authenticity. You'll find a collection of expertly vetted Issey Miyake clothing on 1stDibs.
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    How to tie an Issey Miyake caftan is largely a matter of personal preference. One of the selling points of the piece is that you can wear it a number of ways. Try styling it open as a cardigan or wrapping it around your body like a dress and tying it on the side or in the back. Shop a selection of Issey Miyake apparel on 1stDibs.
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    To pronounce Issey Miyake, say "I-see mee-AH-kee." The vowel in the first syllable of the first word sounds like the "I" in the word "Interview." Issey Miyake is both the name of a fashion brand and the Japanese designer who founded it. On 1stDibs, find a range of Issey Miyake apparel.
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    In the U.S., you will generally need to buy Issey Miyake through an authorized third-party brick-and-mortar retailer or on a reputable online platform. The brand-owned stores are only in Japan, and the official website does not sell directly to customers. You'll find a selection of Issey Miyake on 1stDibs.

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