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A Dance of Two – With Issey Miyake

By Kames Narayanan

 
 

 

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From their beginning, Issey Miyake's collections have been known to meld age-old traditions with cutting-edge technology. The Japanese label's menswear arm, Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, riffs off a similar design ethos for its Spring/Summer '17 collection, approaching the house's signature pleats with the precision of the Japanese art form of ukiyo-e, an intricate woodblock printing technique from the 16th century. 

This form of artwork involves the carving of a print onto a wooden block, usually of cherry wood, to which ink is then applied and transferred onto the preferred surface. In this instance, it was applied to the pleated fabric itself. 

Here, the clothing and the person work in tandem. As the body moves, the fabric dances in a similar flow. 

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