Book: Issey Miyake

A giant book chronicles the life and work of the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake

Taschen have published an enormous new book on Issey Miyake. At 512 pages and 11.8 by 11.8 inches, it is the most comprehensive – and likely the heaviest – tome on the legendary designer.

Conceived and edited by Midori Kitamura, president of Miyake Design Studio, the release corresponds with a major exhibition about Miyake's work at Tokyo’s National Art Centre.

The book, simply titled Issey Miyake, interweaves a series of essays on Miyake’ life and work with year-by-year galleries of his collections, advertisements and runway shows. The text, written by Kazuko Koike of Muji, is presented in both English and Japanese. Fashion photographer Yuriko Takagi provides imagery.

Born in Hiroshima, Issey Miyake first made waves in the 1970s with clothes that fused Eastern and Western designs. In the 1980s he began to focus on technology-led fashion, inventing for instance a new form of pleating that enhanced flexibility and ease of care.

Miyake retired from his main brand in 1999 to focus on computer-designed clothing with A Piece of Cloth (A-POC). He has since opened the 21_21 Design Sight museum and research facility in Tokyo and launched 132.5 Issey Miyake, a label that creates clothes using algorithms.