Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyaki dies

Issei Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer and founder of the fashion brand of the same name, has died at the age of 84, local media reported on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.

Miyake died of hepatocellular carcinoma on August 5, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Issey Miyake was born on April 22, 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. On August 6, 1945, as a seven-year-old child, he witnessed the American nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

In 1970, the fashion designer founded the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo, where he began designing women’s clothing. His goal was to create “a new universal form of clothing that meets the requirements of our time.” Even at the beginning of his career, he formulated the concept of “a piece of fabric” (A Piece of Cloth), when, in an attempt to preserve the integrity of the material, preference is given to the most simple cut, and the way of wearing and the type of drapery remains with the client. Creating practical things “for real life”, at the same time he argued that “clothing belongs to the field of visual culture, not utilitarian things” and should stimulate the imagination, writes Wikipedia.

In 2007, the fashion designer retired, after which all the collections produced under his name began to be developed by other employees. Nevertheless, the designer continued to personally follow the general direction of the lines produced.

Recall that earlier Lars von Trier, the famous and controversial Danish director, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Zentropa, which von Trier co-founded in 1992 with producer Peter Albeck Jensen, said in a statement Monday that the director is “in good spirits and recovering from his symptoms” as he wraps up the upcoming final season of his TV trilogy.


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