Just learned that the world famous fashion designer Issey Miyake died of cancer on August 5th at the age of 84 .
The world-class designer is famous for his innovative costume designs, exhibitions, and "Water for Life" fragrances. Jobs, Zaha Hadid, and Tadao Ando are all his loyal fans.
Hearing this unexpected news, Issey Miyake's classic words are still in his ears:
The life of this Japanese design master started with an innovative "piece of cloth" and left behind an eternal "piece of cloth".
This is Issey Miyake's design philosophy that continues to this day, that is, using recycled polyester fibers specially designed for origami clothing, using a simple fabric to make clothes suitable for everyone.
A simple piece of cloth, torn apart, crumpled, folded, reverse-thinking and innovating in a unique and amazing unstructured pattern, and finally recasting the garment.
I always thought it was the space between the fabric and the body that created the garment, and by hand folding we created a new, irregular undulating space.
Free, free, at ease.
Simple, comfortable and durable.
This makes people really pay attention to how they feel when they start wearing a piece of clothing.
A piece of cloth is the source of clothing design, and it is also the force that has swept the fashion industry for decades.
Under the circumstance of American exaggerated fashion covering the world at that time, he emphasized the relationship between clothing and the body, telling people that clothing can be another way.
This created a new realm of fashion and also influenced the craftsmanship of the world's clothing.
Let's go back to the beginning of the story –
The designer, who was born in Hiroshima on April 22, 1938, graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1964, and has been seemingly unknown for a long time.
He worked with Givenchy until 1968, then worked for Goff Lebion in New York, and after returning to Tokyo in 1970, he officially established Miyake Design Office.
This office is also the source of the global popularity of Issey Miyake's designs.
The following year, the brand "Issey Miyake" was born.
At the 1972 launch event, he came up with a new concept: the second skin.
The meaning is: clothing is an extension of the body, and the body is the outline of the clothing.
This broke the traditional concept of Western clothing. In 1973, Issey Miyake began to participate in Paris Fashion Week with his works, and the design of "a piece of cloth" was stunning.
In the late 1980s, Issey Miyake began experimenting with a method of making new pleated textiles that not only made the wearer feel flexible and comfortable, but also easier to produce and maintain.
The combination of tradition and avant-garde – it is full of Japanese origami art feelings, but also has the gentle and delicate beauty of modern orient.
This new type of technique was eventually called the Miyake fold (also known as the lifetime fold).
Issey Miyake's "Pleats Please", with its finely folded surface, is one of the most popular pieces in the history of clothing and is still loved and admired by people all over the world.
In 1995, Issey Miyake and young designer Fujiwara developed "A-POC" (A Piece Of Cloth).
It inherits the spirit of a piece of cloth and uses advanced computer technology to create clothing that can be changed by the wearer without sewing.
One-piece clothes can best convey comfort, and the interaction between the human body and clothes can constantly explore new possibilities.
This is a clothing revolution.
When you hear people say, "Jobs wore the same clothes every day," the idea behind it came from Issey Miyake.
At that time, Sony hired Issey Miyake to design uniforms for them. After seeing it, Jobs also hoped that Issey Miyake would design a vest for Apple employees, but everyone at the time disapproved of this suggestion.
"These are enough for me to wear for the rest of my life," Jobs said.
In Issey Miyake's view, "Food affects the body, and clothing affects the mind, but clothing is just clothing."
In October 1999, he took over the "Issey Miyake" brand named after himself and continued to be active in the design line.
One piece of "universal clothing" is seen and worn by more people, and all clothing can be worn anywhere and on any occasion.
When Issey Miyake was already well-known in the fashion industry, he still said:
I don't design fashion for fashion, I just design clothes.
In order to spread and retain design in a more diverse way, Issey Miyake also established Japan's first design museum 21_21 Design Site in 2007 and served as the curator.
This museum was designed by world architect Tadao Ando, who commented on Issey Miyake:
Miyake has untiring enthusiasm and persistence in exploring the possibilities of every piece of fabric. Beyond that, his designs go beyond mere aesthetics—not just stylish and inspiring, but comfortable and personal.
After Issey Miyake is over 70, he has more design ideas than ever before.
So far, Issey Miyake has been actively involved in the design line, and is still designing new clothes made from recycled fibers.
A while ago, Issey Miyake launched the "Dirty Clothes Lou" bag that has been hotly debated by young people on the Internet . It is constantly innovating, but what remains unchanged is the most authentic design.
This bag is also all made from just one thread.
This is also a continuation of Issey Miyake's famous "a piece of cloth" concept, which derives "a piece of cloth" into "a thread".
He has always believed that:
It is my lifelong pursuit to make clothes that everyone can wear and understand.
Whether for clothes or people themselves, Issey Miyake pays more attention to the essence behind.
For new members of the team, he will constantly think about how to make them improve, he hopes they are the future.
I will tell them what you can express if you do this.
He designed the "invisible space" in clothing and body, and also left a smart inspiration and infinite freedom to future generations and the future.
The last time I saw him in a documentary, he was white-haired, smiling and spirited, as if the design would never stop.
Today, we remember "a piece of cloth", the essence of life, the freedom of self, and the eternal Issey Miyake.
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