Issey Miyake: who was fashion designer

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Miyake, who passed away at the age of 84, is best known for his signature line, Pleats Please

Fashion Designer and visionary Issey Miyake has died at the age of 84, his company has announced.

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It is assumed that he died liver cancer on Friday 5 August and that a private funeral has already taken place, according to Japanese media.

Miyake was not only famous in his native Japan, but also worldwide and became a celebrated name around the world fashion industry.

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He was known for creating new, innovative and high-tech styles that were still comfortable and practical.

So, what clothes did Issey Miyake create and why are his items famous?

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Here’s what you need to know.

Japanese fashion designer and visionary Issey Miyake has died at the age of 84.

Who Was Issey Miyake?

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Issey Miyake was a Japanese fashion designer known for innovative styles and perfumes.

He built a global fashion empire and was known for working with both traditional and modern fashion techniques throughout his career.

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Miyake was born in Hiroshima in 1938 and was just seven years old when the city was destroyed by a United States atomic bomb.

He didn’t talk about the experience often, but told the New York Times in 2009 that he didn’t want to be credited as a “designer who survived the atomic bomb.”

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Miyake may be one of fashion’s most revolutionary designers, but it wasn’t always his chosen path.

As a child, he dreamed of becoming a dancer or an athlete, but changed his mind after reading his sister’s fashion magazines.

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He studied graphic design at Tokyo Art University and then moved to Paris in the 1960s to work with famous fashion designers Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy.

By 1970, Miyake was back in Tokyo and had opened his eponymous design studio, the Miyake Design Studio.

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Within a decade he was widely recognized as one of the most groundbreaking designers in the world.

In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize for his commitment to the arts and four years later, in 2010, he received the Order of the Culture for “notable achievements” in Japan’s culture and arts.

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What clothes was Issey Miyake known for?

Miyake is known for his signature line, Pleats Please.

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He worked with traditional materials as well as non-traditional materials such as plastic, metal and paper.

He is known for inventing a new method of folding fabric, which involves wrapping it between layers of paper in a hot press.

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These pleats stayed in place and didn’t wrinkle, and formed the basis of his signature Pleats Please line.

What perfume was Issey Miyake known for?

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Miyake was known for creating more than coveted fashion.

He also created must-have fragrances, bags and watches.

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In 1992 he launched L’Eau d’Issey which was rumored to sell out every 14 seconds.

Why Are Issey Miyake’s Turtlenecks Famous?

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The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs asked Miyake to design his now-famous black turtleneck sweaters.

He is believed to have made around 100 of these, costing $175 each, which is approximately £144.54.

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Miyake reportedly had a friendship with Jobs, giving the entrepreneur his signature look.

In his bio, titled Steve Jobs, the late 2011 Apple co-founder explained that he asked Miyake to make him some of his black turtlenecks that he liked, “and he made me like 100 of them.”

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How was Miyake’s death announced?

Miyake’s death was announced by an official at his Tokyo office on Tuesday, August 9.

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The fashion designer’s collaborator told French private international news outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP): “He died on the evening of August 5.”

Miyake’s funeral had already taken place, which he wished “only attended by relatives.”

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The clerk also confirmed that despite Miyake’s fame, the fashion designer’s family have no plans to organize a public ceremony.

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