Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer and technological innovator born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1938. He studied graphic design in Tokyo, trained in Paris at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and apprenticed with Givenchy and Guy Laroche. Issey Miyake founded the Miyake Design Studio in 1970, an experimental laboratory for Japanese fashion. He challenged the traditional approach to dressmaking, often experimenting with unusual materials like plastic, paper, rope, woven grass, developing new methods of pleating, crinkling and draping. In 1993 Miyake launched his Pleats Please collection of garments made from polyester jersey memory-holding fabric, using a pioneering technique to pleat the clothes so that they retain their form no matter how the wearer moves. In 1998 Mikaye launched APOC, an acronym of “A Piece of Cloth” and “Another Possibility of Creation”. This project explores the relationship between clothes and their wearer with pieces made from fabric cut-outs that can be customized by the wearer.
"I always wanted to create clothing that was universal - easy to wear, to care for, and that was also beautiful. As such, I became interested in polyester, and its potential, from the beginning of my career."