Prize Recipient 2004
was born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1938. In 1964, having graduated from
the Tama Art University Tokyo with a degree in graphic arts, he went
to Paris, where until 1966, he attended the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale
de la Couture Parisienne.
to 1969, Miyake worked in various fashion houses, learning the art of
haute couture in Paris, and later the methods of ready-to-wear in New
York. At the same time he observed firsthand the energy of the hippie
movement, as well as the social unrest and protest of the period. Early
on, while watching the student riots in Paris, he decided to make clothing
for “people in the streets,” or garments that could be universal.
Miyake returned to Tokyo, where he established the Miyake Design Studio.
Since 1973, when he first showed the ISSEY MIYAKE collection in Paris,
Miyake has been regarded as an international clothing designer and one
who has consistently broken the boundaries surrounding his craft, medium,
and convention. His designs wed the expected with the unexpected, traditions
rooted in handcrafts with the newest technological inventions.
PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE was born from a search for a new form of
clothing that would not only be accessible to a wide market, but that
would also suit the needs of a modern lifestyle. In the late ’90s,
Miyake took the idea of universal clothing to yet another new plane,
creating a technology-driven line with unlimited potential called A-POC
(A Piece of Cloth). With A-POC, a piece of thread is fed into a machine
and, in a single computer-aided process, the fabric, texture, and form
of a finished garment are created without cutting or sewing.
foto: Issey Miyake
Photo by Tatsuro Hirose (Geijutsu Shincho), 2000