Influential Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies aged 84
A funeral service has already been held with his family and close friends, his office said, adding that a memorial service will not be held, in accordance with the creator’s wishes.
Miyake rose to international prominence in the 1980s with avant-garde designs that those who could afford his luxury pieces immediately considered collector’s items. Today, his creations are held in institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Issey Miyake photographed in Tokyo in 2015. Credit: Masahiro Sugimoto/The Yomiuri/Reuters
Miyake was born in the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1938. The bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945 left him with a pronounced limp that would follow him into adulthood, and his mother died three years old. later from radiation exposure.
Miyake studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo before moving to Paris in 1965. There he enrolled in the famous fashion and couture school École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
A model walks the runway for Issey Miyake during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018. Credit: Richard Bord/WireImage/Getty Images
In 1970, he founded his own design studio in Tokyo. His early designs skilfully blended East and West, using Japanese embroidery techniques and tattoo designs.
It was during the 1980s that he began to develop a new fabric that could stretch vertically with hundreds of small pleats. He was inspired by the Delphos pleated silk dresses designed by Henriette Negrin and her husband Mariano Fortuny in the early 1900s.
Issey Miyake photographed during Paris Fashion Week in the early 1990s. Credit: PL Gould/Images/Getty Images
Miyake took his idea one step further, blending traditional and newly developed techniques to create permanently pleated garments that were both fashion-forward and comfortable, architectural and natural.
He never stopped innovating. In 2007, Miyake launched his Reality Lab to explore sustainable and eco-friendly materials.
In addition to his clothes, Miyake was also known for his line of perfumes. The first, L’Eau d’Issey, was launched in 1992 and became an international bestseller.
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Miyake has received several awards for his work as a fashion designer and as an artist. In 2005, the Japan Arts Association awarded him a Praemium Imperiale for outstanding achievement in the arts. A year later, he became the first fashion designer to receive the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for his lifetime achievement.
Until the end, Miyake remained faithful to the tailoring craft he had learned in his youth.