by Walter Thulin
Issey Miyake has been a giant on the international fashion stage since 1970. With his innovative clothing designs and fragrance line, Miyake quickly catapulted himself onto the New York and Paris catwalks and into designing for icons such as Steve Jobs.
Miyake’s designs have traditionally been edgy and technologically advanced. On the runway, he has produced sculpture-esque clothing that relies on layering and folding to create unique looks.
Other times, Miyake takes advantage of optical illusions to add three-dimensional depth to his designs. In his 2016 show, Miyake used high contrast colors and varying patterns of bent lines to create false movement patterns.
In 2012, Miyake’s 132.5 collection won the fashion prize at the Design Museum’s Design of the Year. This collection is based off origami. Two-dimensional folded squares made of recyclables expand into structured dresses, pants, and shirts.
Issey Miyake’s designs have long remained on the periphery of technology and fashion. Much of his early work is still seen as daring, with the clothing’s dimensional aspects only now being incorporated by other designers. Miyake’s designs show how clothing can incorporate both innovation and wearability, and demonstrate the way fashion could look in the near future.