Innovative Issey Miyake, 84

Issey Miyake

August 9, 2022

Innovative Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died on 9 August at age 84, Kyodo News reported.

He made a name internationally for “mold-breaking clothing designs incorporating cutting-edge silhouettes.”

Born in Hiroshima and educated in a top art school, Miyake broke out in the 1970s, presenting his collection in New York in 1971.

A tweet commented he was most famous for his “origami-style pleated clothing that never wrinkles and for making Apple founder Steve Jobs’s signature black turtlenecks.”

Kyodo News said: “At age 7, Miyake was exposed to the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, but did not reveal his experiences until 2009, when then U.S. President Barack Obama advocated for a world free of nuclear arms.

“In a translated piece for The New York Times published the same year, he wrote about how he had for many years avoided speaking about his experiences, but come to realize that discussion was needed to rid the world of nuclear weapons.”


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