Issey Miyake, Fashion designer

Issey Miyake, the innovative and technological designer...

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer, who is best known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.

Early Life

  • Issey Miyake was born 22 April 1938 in Hiroshima,Japan.
  • He studied graphic designed at Tama Art University in Tokyo and graduated in 1964.
  • After his graduation, he relocated and did some work in Paris and then New York City, before returning to Tokyo in 1970.
  • It was at this time that he founded the Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women’s fashion.



  • In 1971, he designed his main collection called “Issey Miyake“for women.
  • He later, between 1978 and 1985 subdivided his main collection into a men’s and women’s collection.
  • In the 1980’s, Miyake began to experimenting with methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production.
  • Thus, in 1989, he named his following collection “Pleats Please Issey Miyake”, which were polyester garments for women that are first cut and sewn and then pleated.
  • In 1997, he then designed another collection called “A-POC”, a custom line for men and woman. The collection was tubes of fabric that are machine-processed and that can be cut into various shapes.
  • And in 2001, he designed a line of exclusive one-sized shirts that stretch to the customer needs, which was called “me Issey Miyake”.
  • later on Miyake decided to expanded his brand by adding Issey Miyake wactches, perfumes, and limited edition Evian bottled water by Issey Miyake.


The Fashion Designer,Issey Miyake’s Trademark

  • In the late 1980s, he began to try out methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. The garments were first cut and sewn, then put them together between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. He also explored ceramic and porcelain buttons for functional closures; he incorporated these into his collections.


The Present Day

  • He is currently the Creative Director of Miyake Design Studio is Dai Fujiwara.
  • Today, he designs women’s and men’s collections.
  • Issey still has influence and  is famous for being a good graphic designer researcher.
  • Issey is also one of the co-Directors of Japan’s first design Museum, 21 21 Design Sight.



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