Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

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Fashion designer Issey Miyake has died New York Times reports. Miyake died Aug. 5 of hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a statement from Miyake Design Studio and Issey Miyake Group. He was “surrounded by close friends and associates” at the time of his death. Per the designer‘s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Miyake was perhaps best known for his innovation around pleated garments, geometric “Bao Bao” handbags and a line of perfumes. He also designed the black turtleneck that Apple founder Steve Jobs made his trademark.

In a statement, an Issey Miyake brand spokesperson said, “Never one to embrace trends, Miyake’s dynamic spirit was driven by relentless curiosity and a desire to convey joy through design. Always a pioneer, Miyake both embraced traditional craftsmanship, but also sought the next solution: the latest technology based on research and development. He never once backed down from his love, the process of making things. He continued to work with his teams, creating new models and overseeing all the collections under the various Issey Miyake labels. Her spirit of joy, empowerment and beauty will be carried on by future generations.

Shortly after graduating from a graphic design course in Tokyo in the 1960s, Miyake moved to Paris where he learned from famous fashion designers Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy. From there, he went to New York before, in 1970, returning to Tokyo and founding the Miyake Design Studio.

In the 1980s he established his Pleats Please franchise, which used a pleating method by wrapping fabrics between layers of paper and placing them in a heat press, ensuring they never wrinkled.

In addition to clothing, Miyake has created an extremely popular line of fragrances, including her feminine fragrance L’Eau d’Issey. Launched in 1992, the fragrance reportedly sold a bottle every 14 seconds. Miyake’s A-POC (A Piece of Clothing) line, meanwhile, used technology to create outfits from one continuous tube of fabric and can now be seen in museums.

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