Beautiful Purple Issy Miyake Pleated Blouse with Star Design Sz 2

$178.00

Beautiful Purple Issy Miyake Pleated Blouse with Star Design Sz 2

This gorgeous piece is a perfect example of Issey Miyake's pleated designs. It is just perfect and is in excellent vintage condition.

Bust: 36:
WaistL 30"
Hips: 36"
Length: 26"
Sleeves (from seam): 21"

All items are cleaned and kept in a smoke-free home. As with many vintage items, there may be slight spots or wear but anything major will be in description of item.

Miyake was born on April 22, 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. He studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, graduating in 1964. After graduation, he worked in Paris and New York City. Returning to Tokyo in 1970, he founded the Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women's fashion.

In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. In which the garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The fabric's 'memory' holds the pleats and when the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to wear. He did the costume for Ballett Frankfurt with pleats in a piece named "the Loss of Small Detail" William Forsythe and also work on ballet "Garden in the setting".

He had a long friendship with Austrian-born pottery artist Dame Lucie Rie. She bequeathed to him her substantial collection of ceramic and porcelain buttons, which he integrated into his designs and presented in new collections.

He also developed a friendship with Apple's Steve Jobs and produced the black turtlenecks which would become a part of Jobs' signature attire. Jobs said, "So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them."[1]

In March 1992 he was quoted in the International Herald Tribune as saying "Design is not for philosophy—it's for life."[2]

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