Issey Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer with a global career spanning more than half a century, has died at the age of 84, an employee at his office in Tokyo told AFP on Tuesday.
“He passed away on the night of August 5th,” she said by phone, but declined to give details of his death or give his name.
Miyake’s funeral had already taken place according to her wishes, with “relatives only” and no public ceremony was planned, she said.
Public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported his obituary as follows: Asahi Shimbun Newspapers and other media reported that he died of liver cancer.
A pioneer in high-tech, comfortable clothing, Miyake was part of a wave of young Japanese designers active in Paris from the mid-1970s onwards.
His fashion house nurtured many talented young designers and was known for his innovative and dazzling catwalk shows.
After two years of the Covid-19 pandemic showcasing collections online or in installations, the brand is back at Paris Fashion Week in June with a men’s show featuring models, dancers and acrobats.
Born in Hiroshima in 1938, he was seven when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in August 1945.
He survived the explosion, the impact of which killed an estimated 140,000 people and led to the end of World War II after the bombing of Nagasaki three days later.
“Never have I chosen to share my memories or thoughts of the day,” Miyake wrote. new york times in 2009.
“I tried to put them behind me, even if they were failures, and think of things that I could create rather than destroy and that would bring me beauty and joy.”
The designer studied at an art school in Tokyo before moving to Paris in 1965 to study at the elite Ecole de la Chambre Sandicale de la Couture Parisienne.
In 1970 he established the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo and opened his first boutique in Paris soon after.
By the 1980s, his career was in full swing, experimenting with materials ranging from plastic to metal wire and even Japanese paper.
Among his inventions are the “Pleated Pleated” line, the permanent pleated item that does not wrinkle, the futuristic triangle of the “Bao Bao” bag, and the computer-aided cutting “A-POC (A Piece)”. Of Cloth) concept. garment without seams.
He also made over 100 black turtlenecks for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
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