Issey Miyake, Midori Kitamura, Kazuko Koike, Yuriko Takagi
Dimensions: 36cm(H) x 36cm(W) / 14.1"(H) x 14.1"(W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Hardcover in a book bag, designed by Issey Miyake, 36 x 36 cm, 514 pages
The ultimate Issey Miyake monograph
In 1983, Japanese designer Issey Miyake told The New Yorker that he aspired “to forge ahead, to break the mold”. With the boundary-defying fashion lines that followed, he not only broke molds, but recast clothing altogether.
This TASCHEN Collector’s Edition coincides with a major exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, to offer unparallelled insight into Issey Miyake’s vision and daring. Presented in an original MIYAKE-designed book bag, it traces Miyake’s texture-driven originality from his earliest days of his career, when he first expressed his commitment to clothing as a field for enduring design rather than changing fashions.
Through clothes based on A Piece of Cloth concept, Body Series of 1980s, Miyake Pleats series, and such practical, every-day designs as Pleats Please pieces, the book traces Miyake’s manifold material and technical innovations, and his ongoing exploration of the relationship between a piece of cloth and the body. Stamped with Issey Miyake’s own traditional Japanese ‘inkan’, or personal seal, the monograph is also testimony to the designer’s singular blend of tradition, futurism, and function.
Photographs from Miyake’s contemporary Yuriko Takagi capture the clothes in their particular quotidien originality, including a breathtaking shoot in Iceland. In her far-reaching essay, meanwhile, leading cultural figure Kazuko Koike offers both a complete chronology of Miyake's work, and an unprecedented personal profile, looking at the ambition and inspirations that have driven his repertoire from the earliest days of his career.
Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies numbered copies, each with the Japanese seal of Issey Miyake and an original book bag conceived by Miyake’s Reality Lab.
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