This exhibition, Miyake Issey Exhibition: The Work of Miyake Issey focuses on the entirety of the designer's 45-year career, from 1970 to the present.
Miyake Issey (born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1938) has consistently presented new methodologies and possibilities for making clothes, while always focusing on the future. It all began in 1960 when Miyake, a student at Tama Art University, sent a letter to the World Design Conference, which was being held for the first time in Japan that year. The letter took issue with the fact that clothing design was not included in the event. At that point, Miyake’s notion that clothing is not merely “fashion” ― i.e., something that changes with the times ― but a form of design that is closely connected to our lives on a much more universal level was already apparent. Miyake has always explored the relationship between a piece of cloth and the body, and the space that is created as a result, unrestricted by any existing framework. In addition, along with his team of designers, he persistently undertakes research and development to create clothing that combines both innovation and comfort.
This exhibition seeks to shed light on Miyake’s ideas about making things and his approach to design by examining his entire career, from his earliest work to his latest projects, and his explorations of greater creative possibilities in the future.
Miyake Issey established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970. He began participating in the Paris Collection in 1973. Miyake Issey was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2010.
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