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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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Designer: Issey Miyake
Tidal Wave Long Dress by Issey Miyaké in Pleated Polyester Fall 1992
By Issey Miyake
Located in Toulon, FR
Collection Fall 1992-1993 Japan A Dramatic Tidal Wave dress in anthracyte black polyester by Issey Miyaké from the 1992/1993 Fall Collection. Chasuble dress with long sleeves and la...
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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

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Hooded Coat
By Issey Miyake
Located in Oakland, CA
Hooded coat, full front zipper, in burnt umber by Issey Miyake from the Pleats Please collection. Mid calf length. 100% Polyester. Tagged a size 4. There is a significant amount ...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Brightly Colored Zip Front Jacket and Pants
By Issey Miyake
Located in New Hope, PA
This is an amazing Issey Miyake zip front jacket and matching pants. The colors are spectacular, so bright and cheerful, even better in person than in the photos. The zipper is oran...
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Late 20th Century 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

Issey Miyake Women's Pin Striped Double Breasted Wool Jacket ca 1990
By Issey Miyake
Located in University City, MO
Issey Miyake Women's pin striped double breasted wool jacket Size Small The classic wool jacket is designed with medium weight black Laine wool juxtaposed with lapis blue wide pin s...
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Late 20th Century Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake taxi-yellow pleated tank
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake signature pleated material in taxi-yellow styled into a tank top. The front length measures 16", back is 21", side-to-hem is 13 1/2". Size 3/Japan
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Beige Woven "Loop Weave" Knit Jacket
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake beige detailed woven "Loop Weave" knitted button jacket features hand-weave detailing along the back, sleeves, cuffs, shoulder and collar. There are four wooden ...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake pink/green/olive tank
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake tank has colors of green, pink and olive. The front length is 18", back is 19 1/2". Underarm-to-hem measures 11 1/2".
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Men's Black Trench Coat
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake men's black trench coat measures 49" in length in front, and 54" in back. Neck-to-cuff's hem measures 34 1/2", cuff circumference is 15" with adjustable button ...
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1980s Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE S/S 1991 Documented Runway 'Dinosaur' Sleeves Black Silk Jacket
By Issey Miyake
Located in Munich, DE
Important and rare documented Spring/Summer 1991 black 'Dinosaur' silk jacket by Issey Miyake as presented on the runway. The twin of this jacket walked the runway in several colou...
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1990s Issey Miyake

early 1980's ISSEY MIYAKE block printed mini skirt with asymmetrical flounce
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Vivid, abstract-block printed, cotton-blend mini skirt with high waist and asymmetrical side flounce from Issey Miyake dating to the early 1980's. Labeled a size 8 however this would...
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1980s Issey Miyake

1980's ISSEY MIYAKE PLANTATION charcoal wool coat with scarf
By Issey Miyake, Issey Miyake Plantation
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Deep charcoal wool coat with removable draped scarf designed by Issey Miyake for Plantation dating to the 1980's. Size 'S'. Approximate measurements: shoulder (dropped) 22.5", bust ...
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1980s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Bomber Jacket with PVC Trim
By Issey Miyake
Located in London, GB
Issey Miyake Bomber Jacket with Leather Trim made in Japan from cotton and PVC. Issey Miyake's first collection was launched in New York in 1971, and began to be shown in Paris Fas...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Unworn with Tag Vintage 90s Issey Miyake Pattern Cropped Top
By Issey Miyake
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Rare and unique vintage 90s Issey Miyake pattern cropped top in beige. - Size M. - 100% polyester.
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake unworn red leather mini skirt with oversized studs, 1980s
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Vivid red leather mini skirt with gunmetal oversized studs from Issey Miyake dating to the 1980's. Labeled a size medium however this skirt best fits a size small or medium. Approxim...
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Late 20th Century Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Jute and Wool Crinkle Jacket
By Issey Miyake
Located in Riverdale, NY
Issey Miyake Jute and Wool Crinkle Jacket with faux horn buttoned closure at neck. Miyake's fascination with experimental textiles is obvious in this design. A heavy crinkled blend o...
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1980s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake 1980s vintage Black Wool Blend Knit Tent Style Dress or Tunic
By Issey Miyake
Located in Portland, OR
We love these fun, easy to wear vintage Issey Miyake dresses! This vintage black dress was purchased at Henri Bendel in the 1980's and is made of 80% wool and 20% nylon. The dress ...
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1980s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Bold "Graffiti Characters" Double Zipper Hooded Jacket
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake wonderfully bold colorful "Graffiti Characters" signature pleated hooded double zipper jacket features an interior adjustable drawstring to adjust the waist if desired a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Issey Miyake

New Vintage Issey Miyake Shutters Pet Shop Boys Suburbia 1986 Japan Sunglasses
By Issey Miyake
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
Seldom is an understatement. This pair of Issey Miyake Suburbia shutters are the epitome of craftsmanship & design. The same coveted and celebrated model in black matte tone worn by ...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleats Please 1997 Print Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in London, GB
Issey Miyake 1997 Printed Dress This is a simply beautiful piece by Issey Miyake. It can be worn as a dress or as a long top for more layering. The bold 1997 print is a special focus...
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1990s Issey Miyake

runway ISSEY MIYAKE 2D neon orange pleated voluminous sleeves mini dress M
By Issey Miyake
Located in Hong Kong, NT
runway ISSEY MIYAKE 2D neon orange pleated voluminous sleeves mini dress M Reference: CRTI/A00457 Brand: Issey Miyake Material: Polyester Color: Orange Pattern: Solid Extra Detail: 2...
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2010s Issey Miyake

1980's ISSEY MIYAKE lightweight striped cotton jacket
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Very lightweight striped cotton jacket with asymmetrical cut designed by Issey Miyake dating to the early 1980's. No size is indicated however this will fit many sizes due to the ove...
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1980s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Sculptural Color Block Skirt / Cape 1990s
By Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This sculptural, pleated and color block piece is multifunctional. Shown as a skirt or wear it as a poncho/top, and drape to your desired look. When worn as a top can fit a small thr...
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20th Century Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Leather Belt Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in London, GB
Issey Miyake Leather Belt Dress made in Japan. Issey Miyake's first collection was launched in New York in 1971, and began to be shown in Paris Fashion Week from Autumn Winter 1973....
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Hooded Caplet AD 2008
By Issey Miyake
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous wool and silk blend cape from Issey Miyake in green, purple, black and burgundy. It has a yoke, hood, black buttons up the front and is lined in black. One size fits most...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake 2 Piece Pleated Ensemble
By Issey Miyake
Located in Oakland, CA
Elegant Issey Miyake black top and skirt set. Airy top with pleating and alternating panels of sheer fabric. V neck, sleeveless, very loose shape. Long skirt is pleated with same...
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1980s Issey Miyake

1980's ISSEY MIYAKE white linen duster jacket and matching skirt
By Issey Miyake
Located in San Fransisco, CA
White, linen duster jacket and matching skirt with knotted button closure designed by Issey Miyake dating to the 1980's. Jacket is labeled a small and skirt is labeled a medium. Dust...
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1980s Issey Miyake

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

Issey Miyake Men's Black Nylon Optional High-Collar Trench with Hidden Hood
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake men's black nylon trench is lined with black netting and detailed with two huge zippered set-in pockets for your personal needs. The exterior front has two set-i...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake “A Piece of Cloth” 2-Way White Gray Sleeveless Sculptural Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Issey Miyake is one of the world’s most renowned avant-garde designers. His approach to design is unique. Unlike most designers who embark from arbitrary design inspiration season af...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Black Pleated magtail jacket Issey Miyake
By Issey Miyake
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Black Pleated 100% polyetster magtail jacket
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1990s Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE black crinkle pleated elasticated stretch bubble petal dress M
By Issey Miyake
Located in Hong Kong, NT
ISSEY MIYAKE black crinkle pleated elasticated stretch bubble petal dress M Reference: TGAS/B01071 Brand: Issey Miyake Material: Polyester Color: Black Pattern: Solid Extra Detail: E...
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2010s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Copper Pleated Spiral Skirt, 1990S
By Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Issey Miyake is acclaimed for his awe-inspiring avant-garde designs that frequently make use of pleating and interesting plays with space and volume. While Issey Miyake continues to ...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Vintage 1989 Issey Miyake Documented Metallic Gold Pleated Origami Tails Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Gorgeous and highly desirable Issey Miyake metallic gold pleated sculptural dress set dating back to his museum held 1989-90 'Mercury Pleats' Collection. As one of the world's most i...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleats Please ''Love'' Cartoon Emoji Hat
By Issey Miyake
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Issey Miyake Pleats Please pink hat with an attached white speech bubble that states "LOVE" in red lettering with black cord trim. ...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Vintage Issey Miayke Silver, Pink & Pearl Layered Top Skirt Set
By Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Futuristic Japanese designer Issey Miyake is a master of form and fabric, known for creating beautiful sculptural garments that pay homage to the past while bringing us somewhere new...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Bondage Skirt
By Issey Miyake
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black cotton blend skirt from Issey Miyake. Th skirt is straight with functional, adjustable straps and metal rings along each side. It is lined, has a front zipper with 2...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Vintage Issey Miyake Colorblock Sheer Tunic Blouse
By Issey Miyake
Located in Oakland, CA
This is a vintage long sleeve sheer top, presumably silk though not tagged as such, from Issey Miyake in shades of pink, orange and red. I believe the fabric is silk but cannot say ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake black pleated pant
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake black pant has the signature pleated material. The elastic waistband measures 24". Waist-to-crotch-to waist measures 28". Outer waist-to-hem measures 36 1/2". ...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Beautifully Draped Deconstruct Black "Balloon Pockets" Jacket/Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake Beautifully "Work of Art" Draped Deconstruct Black "balloon pockets" optional jacket/dress has a single button in front. What makes this piece a work of art is how th...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Mens Felted Wool Charcoal Wool Coat
By Issey Miyake
Located in Riverdale, NY
Medium weight mens charcoal wool felted coat from Issey Miyake. Drop shoulders with slightly elongated and tapered sleeves. 2 patch pockets on chest interior. 3 button with leather t...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake 2001 Yellow And Pink Confetti Scarf
By Issey Miyake
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Resurrection Vintage is excited to offer a vintage Issey Miyake yellow and pink confetti scarf, featuring pleating along the scarf, and rainbow confetti encased in the scarf. Issey ...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE PLEATS PLEASE off-white pleated LONG Cardigan Sweater 3 M
By Issey Miyake
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Issey Miyake Pleats Please maxi crepe cardigan in beige polyester (100%) with deep neckline and puff sleeve. Closes with one button on the front. Unlined. Has been wor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Royal Purple Pleated Cutaway Jacket Top
By Issey Miyake
Located in Atlanta, GA
Issey Miyake White Label micro pleated royal purple jacket with an open construction, shawl collar and a cutaway style silhouette. A wonderful topper that will add a finished look to...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleated Dress (Medium)
By Issey Miyake
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Featuring deep purple pleated polyester material with long sleeves and a slim fit. Material stretches slightly. COLOR: Purple MATERIAL: 100% polyester SIZE: Medium CONDITION: Pris...
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21st Century and Contemporary Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Signature Pleated "Graffiti" Maxi Dress
By Issey Miyake
Located in New York, NY
Issey Miyake signature pleated "Graffiti" maxi dress is size 5/Japan. The total length measures 50 1/2", new and never worn.
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21st Century and Contemporary Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleated Blue Polka Dot Dress & Jacket Set
By Issey Miyake Fete, Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Futuristic Japanese designer Issey Miyake is a master of form and fabric, known for creating beautiful sculptural garments that pay homage to the past while bringing us somewhere new...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE PLEATS PLEASE light grey pleated wide brim statement boater hat
By Issey Miyake
Located in Hong Kong, NT
ISSEY MIYAKE PLEATS PLEASE light grey pleated wide brim statement boater hat Reference: TGAS/A02724 Brand: Issey Miyake Material: Fabric Color: Grey Pattern: Solid Extra Detail: Sign...
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2010s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Color Block Applique Top
By Issey Miyake
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous black and grey top from Issey Miyake. It is sleeveless with a stand up collar and semi fitted body. Off center at one shoulder is an elaborate, abstract pale taupe and gr...
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Black Pleated Sculptural Sleeveless Maxi Dress, 1990s
By Issey Miyake
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Futuristic Japanese designer Issey Miyake is a master of form and fabric, known for creating beautiful sculptural garments that pay homage to the past while bringing us somewhere new...
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Wool Brown Zip Vest
By Issey Miyake
Located in Berlin, DE
Issey Miyake wool vest in brown tone. Measurements : Shoulder : 44 cm Underarm : 56 cm Length 70 cm
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Early 2000s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Green Pleated Long Belted Coat
By Issey Miyake
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Issey Miyake Pleats Please green pleated long belted coat. - Sculptural shoulder. - Strap with button closure. - Size 3. (M). - 100% Polyester.
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1990s Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Issey Miyake fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of orange, blue, red and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Etro, Geoffrey Beene and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche appealing. 1stDibs features haute couture, vintage and designer Issey Miyake fashion from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $105 and tops out at $27,186, while the average work can sell for $947.

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