Happy #artbookfriday fashion lovers. I have a true coffee table book for you today which is more an object than a book to be honest. Right in time for the big Issey Miyake exhibition (until June 13) at National Art Center Tokio, Japan, the publishing house Taschen pressed the biggest Miyake book ever. First produced as a limited edition for 750€ it’s now available as an affordable standard edition. But there is no way you could call this book standard by any means. It’s massive! It measures 30 x 30 cm. That’s the biggest size a book can get without being handmade. And of course as elegant and pure as Miyake’s designs.
In Japanese tradition, Issey Miyake designs clothes to dress a Samurai or a Blade Runner and revolutionized high fashion in his early years. He made an art of fashion. The book coincides with the 46th anniversary of the Miyake Design Studio, too, which was opened in Tokyo in 1970 and represents Miyake’s collaborative enterprise with a close group of friends who have remained affiliated to the studio ever since – including art director/designer, Eiko Ishioka, painter/graphic artist, Tadanori Yokoo, and architect, Tadao Ando. In 1988, Miyake started work on a major theme: pleating fabric and the A Piece of Cloth concept. This book features many photographs of these designs as well as the famous Body Series from the 1990ies. His ready to wear collections are also included. All his designer life is included to be honest.
The editor Midori Kitamura, who works with Miyake since his studio beginning guides the reader through his whole career and all of his collections. The author Kazuko Koike who is director of the Laboratory of Superior Items for Living by MUJI and former director of the Sagacho Exhibit Space in Tokio gives the whole story the right fling. She also wrote the books Issey Miyake: East Meets West, Japanese Coloring, Japan Design and Aura of Space. She’s a real expert on him.
The stunning photographs were made by Yuriko Takagi who studied graphic and fashion design before she became a photographer. I just love how she arranged his work for the book.
You just have to admire how much effort was put in this publication including especially made photos of 50 years in fashion. That’s really awesome. Well and I love the minimalistic design of the cover so much. This is a keeper and a true must-have for all fashion lovers or design students.
#book | Issey Miyake
#authors | Issey Miyake, Midori Kitamura, Kazuko Koike, Yuriko Takagi
#language | English, Japanese
#publishing house | Taschen
#ISBN | 978-3-8365-5522-7
#pages | 512
#published | 2016
you can get your copy here.