Issey Miyake has passed away at the age of 84. The trailblazing Japanese fashion designer reportedly died from liver cancer.

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Miyake first studied graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo – before relocating to Paris in 1965. He learned his craft at École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, a school for tailoring and dressmaking.

The diffusion lines PLEATS PLEASE and HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE are some of the designer’s most well-known designs – with innovations like BAOBAO changing the geometry of design in 2000.

Issey Miyake’s avant-garde portfolio leaves a legacy of thoughtful fashion design behind – styles which have changed the way we view clothing.


The Miyake Design Studio and Issey Miyake Group issued an official statement:

Dear Friends,

It is with heavy heart that we must inform you that Issey Miyake, designer, and founder of the Miyake Design Studio and the Issey Miyake Group, passed away on August 5th, 2022, at a hospital in Tokyo, surrounded by close friends and associates. The cause of death was hepatocellular carcinoma. He was 84 years old.

As per Mr. Miyake’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

Miyake founded the Miyake Design Studio in 1970 and over the next 50 years produced revolutionary designs geared toward addressing the needs of contemporary lifestyles. Never one to embrace trends, Miyake’s dynamic spirit was driven by a relentless curiosity and desire to convey joy through the medium of design. Always a pioneer, Miyake both embraced traditional handcrafts but also looked to the next solution: the newest technology driven by research and development. He never once stepped back from his love, the process of making things. He continued to work with his teams, creating new designs and supervising all collections under the various Issey Miyake labels. His spirit of joy, empowerment and beauty will be carried on by the next generations.

With deepest gratitude for all your support,

The members of Miyake Design Studio and the Issey Miyake Group.

According to Reuters, Miyake died on August 5 of hepatocellular carcinoma — a common form of liver cancer. Learn more about RENEGADES OF FASHION favourite, Issey Miyake,  below:

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