Japanese fashion designer who established his own line in 1970. His approach to fashion is often described as "technology-driven" and streamlined; according to the New York Times,
With the help of a studio that includes talented fabric designers, he has made some of the most radical clothing of his time -- if it is not ahead of his time -- introducing synthetic materials and initiating or perfecting new techniques: most notably, his signature pleating and wrinkling processes.1
In 2000, designer Naoki Takizawa took over responsibility for the ready-to-wear line; in 2006 he was replaced by Dai Fujiwara.
Fragrances were introduced in 1992 with L'Eau d'Issey, a huge seller despite a brief that reportedly called for the fragrance to smell like water, and despite the fact that Miyake was not a household name at the time. Subsequent releases include L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994) and Le Feu d'Issey (1998). See also review for L'Eau Bleue d'Issey Pour Homme.
Fragrances are produced under arrangements with Beaute Prestige International, a division of Shiseido.
Recent fragrances from Issey Miyake
Recent releases include...
2019: L'Eau d'Issey Pure Pétale de Nectar, L'Eau d'Issey Shade of Sunrise, L'Eau d'Issey Pure Shade of Flower, L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Shade of Lagoon & L’Eau Majeure d’Issey Shade of Sea, L’Eau d’Issey Rose & Rose and L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Wood & Wood, Nuit D’Issey Pulse of the Night
Where to buy
The Issey Miyake fragrance line can be found at major department stores or online discounters.
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Read A Flash of Memory (an op-ed piece by Miyake, about nuclear weapons) at The New York Times.
1. From DESIGN REVIEW; Inventive Garments Designed to Go With the Flow, 11/26/1999.