The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan is currently hosting Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey. But if you can’t make it all the way to Japan yourself, don’t worry, beacue Taschen have compiled the show’s best moments into a new monograph.
In 1983, Japanese designer Issey Miyake told The New Yorker that he aspired “to forge ahead, to break the mold.” With the boundary-defying fashion lines that followed, he not only broke molds, but recast clothing altogether. Initiated and conceived by Midori Kitamura, this monograph is filled with a unique fusion of poetry and practicality. Featuring the designer's creations that blur the boundaries between tradition, modern technology, and everyday function. With highlights including Miyake’s famed Pleats Please collections and the time he designed the uniform for Lithuania at the 1992 Olympics, the 500-plus page book illustrates the designer’s eminent career from the 1970s to present day.
Drawing on more than 40 years of collaborative work with Miyake, Kitamura creates an encyclopedic reference of his material and technical innovations through the clothes based on A Piece of Cloth concept, Body Series of the 1980s, Miyake Pleats series, and such practical, everyday designs as Pleats Please pieces. “We had to rent a space specially for the project, I basically locked myself in there for three years” Kitamura told the Japanese Times. Stunning photographs from Miyake’s contemporary Yuriko Takagi capture his clothes in their particular quotidian originality, including a breathtaking shoot in Iceland. This monograph surely is a timeless tribute to one of the most innovative makers of our age.
Issey Miyake Monograph is available to purchase at the exhibition until June 13th or on Taschen