Issey Miyake Pleats Please x Yasumasa Morimura AW1996 Guest Artist Series No. 1 Tank Top

Issey Miyake Pleats Please x Yasumasa Morimura AW1996 Guest Artist Series No. 1 Tank Top


Issey Miyake exists as a designer in the most literal interpretation of the word. His clothes do not exist to put forth a narrative as those of Ann or Raf do, but rather to display marvels of technical skill and innovation. His career has been propelled by a desire to explore fabric and construction techniques, and how they interact with their wearer’s body. In recent years, Miyake has completely disassociated himself from the label, choosing to strictly to work on developing new fabrics. His scientific approach to expression of beauty has found him many vaunted kindred spirits, including Steve Jobs, whom he designed his iconic black turtlenecks for.

From ’96-’98, Issey Miyake collaborated with a series of artists within his “Pleats Please” line, which had been launched to explore an innovative way of constructing garments. Miyake would pleat the garment itself rather than the fabric before construction - this required him to cut patterns two to three times the final size before pleating them into the form they would ultimately hold. The first artist he collaborated with was Yasumasa Morimura, an appropriation artist who inserts himself into famous artwork and photos from the western world. He’s envisioned himself as Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent Van Gogh, Albert Einstein, and numerous other icons. Here he places an inverted photo of himself as if it were in embrace with Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ 1856 painting “La Source.” This collaboration between Miyake and Morimura was highly successful, and it can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 3

Shoulder: 14in

Pit to pit: 17in

Length: 27in

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