Japanese designer Issey Miyake, famous for his pleated style of clothing that never creases and who produced his friend and Apple founder Steve Jobs’ signature black turtleneck sweater, has died. He was 84.
r Miyake, whose name became synonymous with Japan’s business and fashion prowess in the 1980s, died of liver cancer on Aug. 5, the Kyodo news agency said.
Further details were not initially available.
Known for his practicality, Mr Miyake is said to have wanted to be either a dancer or an athlete before reading his sister’s fashion magazines inspired him to change directions – with those original interests believed to be behind the freedom of movement that his clothing allowed.
Mr. Miyake was born in Hiroshima and was seven years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city while he was in a classroom. He was reluctant to speak of the event in later life. enroll in 2009 The New York Times As part of a campaign to get then-US President Barack Obama to visit the city, he said he didn’t want to be called “the designer who survived the bomb”.
“When I close my eyes I still see things no one should ever see,” he wrote, adding that his mother died within three years of exposure to radiation.
“I have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to put them behind me, preferring to think of things that can be created and not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy. I was interested in clothing design, also because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic.”
After studying graphic design at an art university in Tokyo, he studied clothing design in Paris, where he worked with famous fashion designers Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy before moving to New York. In 1970 he returned to Tokyo and founded the Miyake Design Studio.
In the late 1980s he developed a new way of folding, wrapping fabrics between layers of paper and placing them in a heat press, with the garments retaining their pleated shape. In 1997 he retired.
https://www.independent.ie/business/world/japanese-fashion-doyen-issey-miyake-who-survived-hiroshima-dies-aged-84-41901198.html Japanese fashion doyen Issey Miyake, who survived Hiroshima, dies at 84