A Look Back at Issey Miyake's Future
Nearly half a century after he opened his first design studio, Issey Miyake's influence is still decidedly in the air – and at the center of a career-spanning exhibit at Tokyo's National Art Center. There's also a weighty new monograph from Taschen, which, on one of its 500-plus pages, points out that the Japanese designer, who started off in graphic design, showed up on this earth on the same year (1938) as another outsider: Superman. Somewhat supernaturally preoccupied with the future, too, Miyake's approach to clothes has always been a bit otherworldly: Think gauzy shirts held together by just three stitches, and, of course, his '90s Pleats Please designs, which transformed single, wrinkled pieces of polyester into pants and even tube dresses. Relive those looks and more of Miyake's best moments here, from his indigo, sushi knife-inspired outfits on the likes of Grace Jones to his pleats on the backs of Lithuanian Olympians at their first games post-Soviet Union.