Issey Miyaki the King of Pleats


Issey Miyaki makes my favorite mens cologne, but I was completely oblivious to the fact that the name was affiliated with fashion.  I guess I’ve been living under a rock.  Issey Miyaki uses pleats to create dramatically different sillhouettes.  Between 1989 and 1993, “Pleats Please Issey Miyake” was a collection made of polyester jersey knits for women.  Normally fabric is pleated first then cut and sewn, but in this case they were pleated after sewn. “to permanently retain washboard rows of horizontal, vertical or diagonal knife-edge pleats.”

Miyaki also started something called APOC, (a piece of cloth) obsessed with his idea of creating all his garments with one piece of cloth.  Using new computer technologies to create unique garments from scratch (starting from a piece of thread instead of pre-made textiles) is APOC’s mission.  Using mainly “tubes” of fabric.

Here are some Issey Miyaki designs

I had a dream about a blouse like this and couldn’t jot it down fast enough

http://www.isseymiyake.com/pleatsplease/

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