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‘’I don’t make gorgeous clothes,’’ the Japanese clothing wizard, and fashion architect, Issey Miyake once said, ‘’I don’t believe in them.” Well he sure had us fooled, we think his clothes are bloomin’ gorgeous! After losing most of his family in the Hiroshima bombing, Issey enrolled at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, in 1959, graduating four years later with a degree in graphic design. Later he moved to Paris where he attended the École de la Chambre Syndicale, assisted at Givenchy, and became captivated by clothes for the masses. In 1970 he founded Miyake Design Studio, in New York, and has been designing ever since. Blurring the boundaries between the ancient myths of his native Japan and the avant-garde forms of modern art, Issey’s creations are technology-driven, textile-based, and above all focused on function. In his own words, he creates ‘life wear’, epitomised by the one size/sex fits all wrapped garments of the 1980s, his Pleats Please line of Fortuny-inspired pieces, and his practical, every-day designs that are sought after by the fashion conscious, from all over the world, including Steve Jobs! After years of groundbreaking collections, the introduction of a menswear line, and a much-deserved retrospective exhibition in Paris, Issey retired in 1999, handing over the reigns to design director Naoki Takizawa. The brand changed hands once again in 2007, with Dai Fujiwara taking over, and again in 2011 with the arrival of Yoshiyuki Miyamae. Today the brand is as big as ever, adding limited edition Evian bottles and an Issey Miyake Licca-chan doll (the Japanese equivalent to Barbie), to its ever-expanding repertoire. 

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