Posts Tagged ‘Issey Miyake’

Monsters in Fashion

From February 13th until April 7th, ATOPOS cvc is presenting its ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion exhibition at La Gaîté lyrique. The craziest, sexiest and most radical monstrous creatures are invading Paris!

Atopos is a non-profit cultural organization based in Athens. Founded in 2003 by Stamos J. Fafalios and Vassilis Zidianakis, Atopos is already a powerful reference in contemporary fashion, collaborating with various designers and artists, for exhibitions, publications, performances and events. In less than 10 years, Atopos CVC (its name denoting the strange, the unwonted, the eccentric and the unclassifiable) is a meeting point for different visual disciplines, gathering rare original creations of contemporary designers. Atopos stands out with their unusual projects focusing on the human figure and its relationship with costume – see RRRIPP! Paper Fashion (now in Germany, Waiblingen), Atopic Bodies, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion (with the first presentation at the Benaki Museum in Athens, and currently on display in Paris, at La Gaite Lyrique).

Based on an original idea by Vasslis Zidianakis, with the design of Fafalios Stamos, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion manages a unique combination of  fashion, animation, costume and art. Participating designers and artists reshape the human body and reveal a new universe full of dreams, nightmares and hybrid creatures.  The theme seem very appealing to me, and the 58 exhibitors from around the world, turns it into a stunning cocktail:

Alexander Mcqueen UK, Alex Mattsson SE, Alexis Themistocleous CY, Andrea Ayala Closa ES, Andrea Cammarosano IT, Andrea Crews FR, Bart Hess NL, Bas Kosters NL, Bernhard Willhelm DE, Boris Hoppek DE, Bronwen Marshall UK, Cassette Playa & Gary Card UK, Charlie Le Mindu FR, Chi He CN, Claire Michel FR, Craig Green UK, David Curtis-Ring UK, Digitaria GR, Dr Noki’s NHS UK, Erika Mizuno JP, Freeka Tet FR, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori CY & GR, George Tourlas GR, Helen Price UK, Henrik Vibskov DK, Heyniek NL, Hideki Seo JP, Isabel Mastache Martinez ES, Issey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara JP, Jean-Paul Lespagnard BE, Josefin Arnell SE, Kim Traeger DK, Leutton Postle UK, Luis Lopez Smith UK, Mads Dinesen DK, Maison Martin Margiela FR, Manon Kündig CH, Marcus Tomlinson – Gareth Pugh UK, Mareunrol’s LV, On Aura Tout Vu FR, Paul Graves US, Pictoplasma DE, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello FR, Piers Atkinson UK, Rejina Pyo KR, Rick Owens US, Rozalb De Mura RO, Shin Murayama JP, Sotiris Bakagiannis GR, Takashi Nishiyama JP, The Brainstorm Design GR, Tracy Widdess CA, Toma Stenko RU, Urban Camouflage DE, Walter Van Beirendonck BE


Simply “Clothing”

“Food, clothing, and shelter” are the essentials of life. Issey Miyake, one of the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT directors has organized an exhibition that focuses upon “clothing” and some of the many essential articles produced by the Tohoku Region, Japan. The 21_21 Design Sight research centre is holding a six day celebration of Tohoku culture and craftsmanship (July 26- july 31), featuring Myiake’s own work, and some of the many essential articles produced by the Tohoku region.
Following the disaster that has struck the area, “Clothing” is an exhibition dedicated to traditional Japanese textile techniques, already famous on European catwalks. Much of them, as Myiake’s, Yamamoto’s , Kawakubo’s designs are  often derived from the  old traditions of the Tohoku region, commonly viewed as the creative heartland of Japan.

The Spirit of Tohoku“exhibition shows that “Clothing” goes beyond fashion, and it’s all about humanity facing a crisis, living in harmony with nature, putting creativity to use, making beautiful and powerful items for daily use.

Muneyoshi Yanagi once described the Tohoku region as, “a land of handmade work that continues to preserve a wealth of things only possible in Japan.” The knowledge of craftsmanship and techniques of traditional handmade crafts passed down and refined for generations, have paved the way for technologies that now support our society today…  This “spirit” is something we must cherish; and yet is also something from which we have detached ourselves in an era of excessive consumption. It lives on in the energy and rich history of craftsmanship of this region. It also may prove to be the spark of hope that will guide us all, going forward.

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Reloading Fashion

This piece was created by Issey Miyake in the 80s. And that was something beyond its time.

Last year, Vogue Germany showed this fascinating editorial, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld and inspired by Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s film. This metallic corset is already a cult item of fashion’s futuristic imagery. Although it was designed by Thierry Mugler almost 20 years ago!


The new collection Thierry Mugler Womenswear 2011, curated by Nicola Formichetti, tries to revive the ideals of the 80s fashion. Keeping the same spirit, he manages a few remarkable effects Though, in this case, we cannot say that he invents a new form, a brand new line or a different body. As Mugler did, at his time.

I like the shoulders line  & I love the molded bra !

Fashion Object by Issey Miyake

We love to talk about fashion, styles, trends, fashion Dos and fashion Don’ts… but ultimately these are only marginal topics. We realize that only when we meet something unexpected and brilliant, something like pure/authentic design.

After a long ‘absence’ from the fashion scene (some people love their lab more then they love the limelight), Miyake is back, and brings out something very special. The new clothing line launched by Issey Miyake is titled “132 5”, and contains 10 bi-dimensional objects, whose final form is given by their fitting on the body. The project was launched by Miyake Realty Lab, a research team formed by Issey Miyake- the designer, Manabu Kikuchi- the textile engineer, Sachiko Yamamoto- the pattern maker. Super team& super project!

132 5 was revealed in the Japanese Exhibition at the Barbican. Defined as a successful connection between math and fashion design, it develops the idea of alternative clothing, recycling, regeneration, evolution. A perfect balance between aesthetics and practical clothing, an alternative solution for constructing outfits, a perfect mix between technology and creativity. That means ‘design’, huh?

Why do I find it so amazing? First of all, it’s the idea of a folded piece of clothing looking like a fabric square. When you pull the headband of the folded square end, it reveals a three-dimensional shape, ready to be dressed. The garment shape is described by various folds, angles and triangles that are structured to function simultaneously as folding edges. Then, the 3D shapes can be easily retreated back and return to the initial stage. A challenge like this excited Martin Margiela once, generating his famous “Flat Collection.” The solving technique was, of course, very different.
Now, why 132 5? According to the designer, 1 refers to “a single piece of fabric”, 2 and 3 are related to the garment dimensions, and 5 leaves room for experimentation and new dimensions. But above all, as an extra argument, the materials themselves have been produced through a sophisticated technology, by recycling PET – the project also has a strong Environmental core. Are we witnessing a new revolution in fashion in pure Japanese way?