Detail: Remarkable and Iconic vintage Issey Miyake pleated (khaki) green sculpted origami jacket. Reverse Pleats collection of 1989. This is an early example of the reverse pleating technique he developed in the late 1980s, and recently featured in the exhibition "Future Beauty - 30 Years of Japanese Fashion" at the Barbican here in London.
This lightweight jacket example uses opposing asymmetrical reversed pleated fabric panels to front and back; these are folded and then creased to form a sculpted silhouette that is inspired by the Japanese paper folding origami technique. Thick black zip fastening to front. Dolman sleeve construction. Unlined. There is some stretch to the jacket. Collectable and very rare. Will work to various sizings due to construction.
Issey Miyake and his design team have been experimenting with and refining their pleating technique since 1988. The groundbreaking method - by which pleats are applied after the fabric is cut and sewn - is a revolutionary departure from traditional process. The first examples were presented in the ISSEY MIYAKE Spring/Summer 1989 collection. Since that time, the process has been refined and expanded to include basic items such as t-shirts. In 1993, the culmination of Miyake’s research, PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE, made its debut as elegant yet versatile clothing that offered its wearer both comfort as well beauty. PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE is a premier example of “clothing as a product,” something that responds to the evolving needs of a demanding lifestyle and continues to please and delight its wearers.
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