Arts Homework Paper on Issey Miyake


By (Name):

Issey Miyake


Painting, dancing, literature, fashion design, exhibitions, and music are some of the branches of arts that have undergone significant evolution following technological advancements across different nations (Dessecker 2007, p. 132). In clothing design, developing exhibitions, and creating fragrances, Issey Miyake has gained much recognition and today remains an icon within the fashion industry (McAnew 2013, p. 61). This research paper concentrates on some of the developments made by Issey Miyake in the field of fashion and design and how the fashion designer is created from the first introduction of his clothing collections (Dessecker 2007, p. 134).


Miyake is recognized for his artistic work and the exemplary creation of a production process that highly embraces technology (McAnew 2013, p. 61). His experimental approaches to various methods of pleating in 1980s resulted in a flexible movement of wears. The technological approach Miyake gave to this was by developing garments from paper cocoon, and turning the garments into costumes with pleats (Koda, Metropolitan Museum of Art & Costume Institute 2001, p. 75). The resulting product had to undergo a series of stages. The initial stage involved cutting and sewing of the garments. The second stage involved sandwiching the garments between paper layers, the sandwiched garments were then passed in a heat press and consequently pleated (English 2011, 37). Following this innovation, majority of fashion designers tend to lubricate there production following the same approach that was used by Miyake (McAnew 2013, p. 63). The kinds of clothing that designers release today are highly fabricated and appealing to consumers. Following Miyake’s first creation of the sandwiched paper garment, designers have developed the urge to be unique and creative in their work with an aim of remaining at the helm of production by ensuring limited imitations (Wada 2002, p. 71). Significantly, fashion designers today recognizes the taste variance as the major factor affecting clothing industries thus the need to incorporate various aspects of technology in developing completely satisfying products.

Other than the clothing industry, the work of Miyake ended up with a release of a very powerful women perfume fragrance that is today receiving several imitations (Wada 2002, p. 73). The perfume that was first introduced in the markets in 2007 is today one of the most selling product in the global market. The contributions of Miyake through such an interrelated production process give priority for upcoming designers to search and develop products that will remain highly competitive (Willis 2010, p. 48).            

            From the first introduction of his fashion collections (Wada 2002, p. 78), the Japanese fashion designer has remained an icon and is today celebrated both locally and internationally for his immense contributions to the field of fashion and arts in general. As part of his production plan, the Japanese arts icon has elevated his work through release of variety of clothing products, fragrances, and other artistic products (Willis 2010, p. 48). The most outstanding recognition was the 2010 Japanese Order Culture Award, which Miyake won and other several awards from 2005. Today, Miyake works as a co-Director in the first ever Japan’s museum, which is also a research center.


In general, embracement of technological changes in production of clothing, exhibitions, and fragrances in one way has enabled the Japanese designer to move a step higher in his production (Wada 2002, p. 78). Miyake’s evolutionary approach in fashion industry is majorly remembered for release of quality women’s fashion (Wada 2002, p. 78), development of newly fabricated and well-designed garments, and the interjectory process that resulted in Steve Job’s turtlenecks. In his line of career, the fashion designer has worked in both the New York City and Paris as a designer as well as a researcher. All these are attributes that researchers in the fashion industry find important for investigation and incorporation (Willis 2010, p. 52).   


Dessecker, B 2007, Ingo Maurer: Designing with Light /Gestalten mit Licht, München: Prestel.

English, B 2011, Japanese fashion designers: The work and influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, Oxford: Berg.   

Koda, H, Metropolitan Museum of Art, & Costume Institute (New York, N.Y.) 2001, Extreme beauty: The body transformed, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

McAnew, C 2013, Fine art and high finance: Expert advice on the economics of ownership, Hoboken, N.J: Bloomberg Press.

Wada, Y 2002, Gendai no shiborizome =: Memory on cloth Shibori now, Tōkyō: Kōdansha Intānashonaru.

Willis, G 2010, The key issues concerning contemporary art: Philosophy, politics and popular culture in the context of contemporary cultural practice, Melbourne: Melbourne University Custom Book Centre.