Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake passed away at 84
Miyake died Aug. 5 of liver cancer, Miyake Design Office said Tuesday
Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan's biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly sculpted, signature pleated pieces, has died. He was 84.
Miyake died Aug. 5 of liver cancer, Miyake Design Office said Tuesday.
Miyake defined an era in Japan's modern history, reaching stardom in the 1970s among a generation of designers and artists who reached global fame by defining a Japanese vision that was unique from the West.
Miyake's origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. He also used computer technology in weaving to create apparel.
His down-to-earth clothing was meant to celebrate the human body regardless of race, build, size or age.
Miyake even detested being called a fashion designer, choosing not to identify with what he saw as frivolous, trend-watching, conspicuous consumption.
He was well known as the designer behind Apple founder Steve Jobs' trademark black turtleneck.
Again and again, Miyake returned to his basic concept of starting with a single piece of cloth — be it draped, folded, cut or wrapped.