Detail: Wonderfully imaginative deconstructed vintage Issey Miyake reverse pleated white suit from his mainline collection, Origami Pleats 1989. This is a very early example of the fabric pleating technique he originated in the late 1980s, and recently featured in the exhibition "Future Beauty - 30 Years of Japanese Fashion". This example consists of a two-piece. Square top with slashed neckline and narrow sleeve cuffs. The bottoms are infact a hybrid of trousers and skirt; the silhouette is of course quintessentially Miyake. Elasticated waistline. Collectable and very rare.
Styling: Pull the trousers up and over the bust. Disgard the top until the sun goes down!
Issey Miyake: Born April 1938 in Japan, Miyake witnessed and survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. After graduating in graphic design in 1964, he worked in Paris and New York before returning to Tokyo in 1970 to open the Miyake Design Studio.
Towards the end of 1980s, Miyake started to experiment with fabric pleating techniques that allowed flexibility of movement as well as ease of care and production. Garments were produced, and then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated.
In 1999, Miyake turned over the design of his collections to his associate, Naoki Takizawa, so that he could return to research full-time. As of 2012, he is one of the co-Directors of 21 21 Design Sight, Japan's first design Museum.
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