Sunday, September 5, 2010

Issey Miyake

The Japanese designers aren't on my constant radar, maybe because they really came into their own in the 80s (before my time), and were eclipsed by the flashier designers of my time (Ford, McQueen, Galliano) for them to take root in my mind. Though, when I take the time to look at their work I find their aesthetic would appeal to me. Issey Miyake has popped up on my radar in recent months.

Issey Miyake
Advanced Style
This woman is taking it the hnl. I thought I gotta get in on this, and so my fascination with Issey Miyake began.

Issey Miyake
street peeper

Pleats Please
isseymiyake.com

Issey Miyake RTW SS1990
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Issey Miyake RTW (Prêt-à-Porter) SS 1990

13 comments:

  1. Wow, that first woman is AMAZING! You need to get yourself to Tokyo's secondhand stores!

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  2. love the texture and the way the fabric hangs - inspired ! thanks

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  3. i've always been inspired and awed by japanese designers. in the mid to late 80s, i was all about a long monochromatic silhouette- both boxy and fluid lines, if that makes sense. i can't explain the mystique, i just am drawn to these designers' aesthetic. there's something intelligent about these clothes.
    i could see you wearing similar looks- pleated, draped, fluid, dark, beautiful....

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  4. issey is eternal. you have plenty of time to get caught up. ;)

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  5. interesting quote by epictetus. coincidentally i was reading about him only about a few hours ago.

    that fabric is very intricate, looks very hot.

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  6. That first woman is dressed so beautifully. And I love the movement and texture in that last photograph. I have seriously been getting in Japanese designers as of late. I hunted down A Notebook on Cities and Clothes, just to see Yohji Yamamoto at work. I am saving up my money to buy a few books on Yohji, Rei and Issey Miyake. For some reason I don't think Kenzo belongs to that group, even though he is Japanese, I'll always associate him with Saint Laurent and the Parisians of the '70s.

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  7. Oley: the epictetus quote really hits the nail on the ahead of the way I dress myself.
    The Issey pleats are done in a very light weight polyester. I think it's what makes his stuff so innovative because of it's light weight, resistance to wrinkling, and ease of care. I've heard it's great for travel.

    Syed: I'm not that familiar with Kenzo, but I from what I've seen I'd agree. His work seemed more jubilant and colorful.

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  8. I own two pieces made from exactly the same fabric as in the first photo. They're not Miyake though. What a coincidence! Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. Miyake is definitely in a class by himself. His pieces are like walking origami.

    ♥ V

    http://www.gritandglamour.com

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  10. I love your inspiration!
    I have this book that showcases on Japanese designers. It amazes how influential asian designers are.

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  11. I've had my Pleats Please bag for 10 years now and it's never gotten outdated. Love Issey Miyake. It takes a true appreciater to wear Pleats Please, not for the faint of heart!

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