Aug 09, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan’s biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly sculpted pleated pieces as well as Apple C.E.O. Steve Jobs’ black turtlenecks, has died. He was 84.
Miyake died August 5th of liver cancer, Miyake Design Office said Tuesday.
Miyake defined an era in Japan’s modern history starting in the 1970’s by crafting a Japanese vision that was unique from the West.
Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic.
He also used computer technology in weaving to create apparel.
His clothing was meant to celebrate the human body, regardless of race, build, size or age.