Sunday, January 13, 2013

PLEATS PLEASE by Issey Miyake - Book Launch

reporter: Miguel Dominguez

A special installation at the ISSEY MIYAKE Flagship Store in Tribeca was featured on November 28th, to celebrate the launching of Issey's new book PLEATS PLEASE, published by Taschen Books.

In it, the story of this line of clothing is explored through a vast array of texts and images, which trace the journey from inception, through material development, to public reception, and also reveals the creation of the original thread and the pleating process.

Launched in 1993, Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collections are made from single pieces of 100% polyester fabric. The clothes are first cut and sewn together from fabric that is nearly three times larger than the finished item of clothing, then fed into a pleats machine. The clothes emerge with permanent pleats. Pleating is used to create different effects and architectural shapes. Functional and practical, Pleats Please clothes store easily, travel well, require no ironing, can be machine washed, and dry within hours. The shapes are simple, and a set of basic colors is available each season, plus seasonal colors and prints. The clothes’ simple beauty, comfort, lightness, and ease of care have changed the way many women all over the world dress.

Barbara Camp, in fur and leather, makes an entrance

Issey Miyake studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. In 1970, he founded the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo. In the late 80s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both beauty and flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. This eventually resulted in a new technique called garment pleating and in 1993, the Pleats Please line was launched. After turning over the design of both men's and women's collections to his designers, Miyake worked on the realization of 21_21 Design Sight that opened in 2007 in Tokyo. In 2010, Miyake presented a new and innovative line called "132 5 Issey Miyake".

Andrew Chen with runway Goddess Grace Bol

Candida Mccollam takes advantage of the party to do some shopping on the side

Valerie and Jean, of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas Blog with Joseph Bogges

Veronica Pellot-Marrero with Alexandra Reiher

Photographer/Model Rob Ordonez and Diana Mattos

Candida, Lynda Deppe and Riche

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