Famous Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at the age of 84

Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan’s biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly shaped signature pleated pieces, has died at the age of 84.

iyake died of liver cancer on Aug. 5, Miyake Design Office announced on Tuesday.

Miyake defined an era in Japan’s modern history and rose to prominence in the 1970s among a generation of designers and artists who achieved world fame by defining a Japanese vision unique to the West.

Miyake was best known as the designer behind Apple founder Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck sweater.

He also used computer technology in weaving to make clothes.


Issey Miyake was known for his boldly shaped pleated pieces, as well as Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck sweaters (Kyodo News via AP)

Time and time again, Miyake returned to his basic concept of starting with a single piece of fabric – be it draped, folded, cut or wrapped.

Over the years he has drawn inspiration from a wide variety of cultures and social motifs, as well as from everyday objects – plastic, rattan, washi paper, jute, horsehair, foil, yarn, tie-dye, indigo dyes and wire.

He has worked with furniture and interior designer Shiro Kuramata, photographer Irving Penn, choreographer and director Maurice Bejart, ceramist Lucie Rie and the Frankfurt Ballet.

In 1992, Miyake was commissioned to design the official Olympic uniform for Lithuania, which had just gained independence from the Soviet Union.

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Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Miyake was a star as soon as he stepped onto the European catwalks. His brown top, which combined the Japanese stitched fabric called “Sashiko” with raw silk knit, was featured on the cover of Elle magazine’s September 1973 issue.

“Design is like a living organism in that it pursues what is important to its well-being and continued existence,” Miyake once wrote in his book.

His office confirmed that a private funeral had already taken place and other ceremonies would not take place in accordance with Miyake’s wishes.

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