Thursday, October 27, 2011

"I Don't Make Gorgeous Clothes" - Issey Miyake

The Japanese designer, Issey Miyake, introduced Ultra Suede to Halston.  Say what?!  Issey Miyake once worked as design assistant to Geoffrey Beene.  Say what?!  Who knew?!  Obviously have some research to do here...

Mr. Miyake, who was interviewed by the New York Times in 1982, said that he does "not make gorgeous clothes".  He wanted to make clothes "that float around the body.  There should be space between the body and the fabric.  The design interest should come only from the color and the fabric.  This is not the time for fashion as we know it".  

Whenever a piece of Issey Miyake comes into RARE vintage, for one thing it sells very quickly as this piece did, and it is also never like anything I have seen before.  The material, the colors, the design are a new way of seeing what we have seen before.

Here is an exceptional, almost theatrical, pleated coat by Issey Miyake which sold in an instant.

Early 1990s Issey Miyake Coat

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