14 July 2011 - Short Message

Design/photo: Issey Miyake's fashion captured by Irving Penn; exhibition in Tokyo

Japanese designer Issey Miyake, born 1938 in Hiroshima, is known for his research on new fabrics and fashion. He is one of the directors of the museum for design 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo - and its spiritual father. The museum was developed from the idea to create a place where the creative scene reflects the aesthetic of everyday objects, its impact on today's society and where people can throw together a light into the future. Nearly 30 years - from the 1980s to the end of the 2000s, he discussed the importance of a design museum, until 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT opened in 2007.

Issey Miyake has founded his own Miyake Design Studio in 1970 and presented the first Issey Miyake collection in Paris in 1973. His innovative pleated fabrics/clothes 'Pleats Please' or new concepts for individually customized fashion 'A-POC (A Piece Of Cloth)' had been shown already in art installations such as at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Now, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT announces the exhibition 'Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue' (16 September 2011 - 8 April 2012) about the collaboration between the US fashion photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) who is also known for his portraits of Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly... from the 1950s for the Condé Nast publication Vogue. In 1983, the collaboration between the American Vogue photographer Irving Penn and Issey Miyake started on occasion of an editorial shooting.

"The perspective in these photographs startled Miyake as he suddenly saw his designs through a totally new set of eyes. As a direct result, Miyake asked Penn to photograph his designs. Over the next 13 years, from 1987 through the Autumn/Winter Collection of 1999..." continue to read on 2121designsight.jp/en/program/visual_dialogue/.

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