Beautiful new volume of Miyake Issey's incredible fashion-art, available now from PIE Books!
Creativity is Born is to be published in conjunction with a solo exhibition, "The Work of Miyake Issey," which opens in Tokyo the Spring of 2016. Focusing on designer Issey Miyake’s innovative fashion brand, 132 5 ISSEY MIYAKE, and Miyake’s extended project of interior lighting products, IN-EI, this 112-page bilingual guide introduces Miyake’s work in an accessible, portable format.
The concepts behind the "132 5 ISSEY MIYAKE" brand are unveiled, followed by 10 patterns from its fashion line featured alongside developmental sketches and examples of finished pieces. The brand's conceptual framework is discussed textually by Miyake, supplemented by the wonderful photography of Nobuyoshi Araki —making Creativity is Born a treasured resource for fans of Miyake and those who enjoy modern fashion and design.
"ISSEY MIYAKE" is both a new label and a new phase in the evolution of Miyake's "A Piece Of Cloth" philosophy and technique. The process by which the clothing is made is groundbreaking, using a mathematical algorithm: first, a variety of three-dimensional shapes are conceived in collaboration with a computer scientist; then, these shapes are folded into two-dimensional forms with pre-set cutting lines that determine their finished shape; and finally, they are heat-pressed, to yield folded shirts, skirts, dresses etc. These clothes are significant not only for the process by which they were made but because they are also made using recycled PET products, sometimes in combination with other recycled fibers.
"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE" is Miyake's recent response to his creatively challenging parameters of 'Regeneration and Re-creation' — an articulation of Miyake's perpetual search for new ways to make "clothes that bring joy and happiness to wearers."
"IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE" lighting design grew out of observations made in the development phase of the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE project. Attempts to explore design from a broader viewpoint —not just limited to clothing —evolved into the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lighting products. At the base of the products' concepts are traditional Japanese aesthetics describing the relationship between light and shadow (in-ei). The three-dimensional forms developed through 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE are used in creating conceptually-driven lampshades. The non-woven fabric made from recycled PET bottles is used with a special surface treatment, giving the fabric a unique light transmission quality. They require no internal frame for support and can be folded flat when not in use.