Issey Miyake, the famed fashion designer who founded one of Japan’s most prestigious fashion houses and was renowned for his daringly sculpted pleated pieces and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ black turtlenecks, has passed away. He was 84.
According to Miyake Design Office, Miyake’s cause of death was liver cancer.
Miyake, who rose to fame in the 1970s among a generation of designers and artists who achieved international fame by defining a Japanese vision that was distinct from the West, defined an era in modern Japanese history.
Polyester that is typically tacky was made stylish by Miyake’s origami-style pleats. He also weaved clothing using computer technology. His casual attire was created to celebrate all human bodies, regardless of race, physique, age, or size.
Choosing not to identify with what he perceived as a frivolous, trend-watching, conspicuous consumption, Miyake even detested the term “fashion designer.“
Miyake repeatedly went back to his fundamental idea of beginning with a single piece of cloth, whether it was draped, folded, cut, or wrapped.
Issey Miyake’s inspiration and legacy
He drew inspiration over the years from a range of societies, cultures, and everyday objects, including plastic, rattan, “washi” paper, jute, horsehair, foil, yarn, batik, indigo dyes, and wiring.
He occasionally evoked Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, or he worked with Japanese painter Tadanori Yokoo to create psychedelic paintings of monkeys and foliage.
Additionally, he worked with Ballet Frankfurt, choreographer Maurice Bejart, furniture and interior designer Shiro Kuramata,, potter Lucie Rie, and photographer Irving Penn.
In 1992, Lithuania, which had just attained independence from the Soviet Union, asked Miyake to create the official Olympic uniform.
The life of Issey Miyake
Miyake, was born in Hiroshima in 1938, he became famous as soon as he walked the runways in Europe. His brown top, which featured raw silk knit and Japanese sashiko stitching, was featured on the cover of Elle magazine’s September 1973 issue.
In terms of gender roles, Miyake was also a pioneer. He used the 80-year-old feminist Fusae Ichikawa as a model in the 1970s, sending the message that clothing should be cozy and showcase the true beauty of its wearers.
Although he appeared to be reaching for the spiritual with his clothes, which went beyond the ordinary.