On August 3, 2022, the world lost fashion designer Issey Miyake. Known for his unique, formless clothing designs and use of non-traditional materials, Miyake quickly became a household name in the fashion world and an inspiration to other designers in fashion and further afield.
Born in Hiroshima, Japan, on April 22, 1938, Miyake’s life was shaped by the 1945 bombing of the city. Although he rarely spoke about this destruction as to avoid being labeled as the “designer that survived the atomic bomb,” he was shaped by this tragedy. He is quoted saying that he would rather “think of things that can be created,
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