Issey Miyake

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1938, he survived the atomic bomb dropped on his hometwon when he was just seven. Graduated at the Tama Art University in Tokyo with a degree in graphic design, he worked for Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy in Paris and for Geoffrey Beene in New York, before moving back to Tokyo, where in 1970 he founded the Miyake Design Studio. One of the first Japanese designers to show in Paris in the 1970s, he became the leader of the avant-garde Japanese fashion togheter with Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Miyake design process explores the relationship between the body and the cloth that covers it, focusing on simplicity, minimalism and flowing forms, and always experimenting with innovative technology.