Kyoto Prize Symposium 2007

Kyoto Laureate Symposium Arts and Philosophy Presentation by Issey Miyake

Friday, March 16, 2007
3:30 p.m.
Shiley Theater, Camino Hall

The Inamori Foundation’s 22nd Annual Kyoto Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Philosophy was presented to Issey Miyake in 2006.

Issey Miyake was born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. He began making clothing in 1962 as a student at Tama Art University, Tokyo, and presented his first collection in 1963. In 1965, he began studying and working at Guy Laroche and Givenchy in Paris.

In 1970, Miyake established Miyake Design Studio and made his collection debut at the 1973 Paris Autumn/Winter Collection, where his work was recognized for its functional yet futuristic appeal. Working out of Paris and New York, he sought to incorporate traditional Japanese aesthetics into his clothing designs and to find the balance between tradition and innovation.

In 1993, Miyake presented "PLEATS PLEASE," a practical and universal form of contemporary clothing that combines technology, functionality and beauty. PLEATS PLEASE is exhibited at the Pompidou Center, Paris.

Miyake took design further with "A-POC," a unique apparel design based on the concept of wrapping "a piece of cloth" around the body, the origin of clothing. APOC uses a new process that harnesses computer technology to industrial knitting or weaving machines to create clothing beginning with a single piece of thread. This emphasis on creating a garment from a single piece of fabric earned him the nickname "Cloth Sculptor,"

Miyake does not limit his design to clothing. He has partnered with a variety of textile and sculptural artists such as Yasumasa Morimura, Cai Guoqiang, painter Tadanori Yokoo, and architect Tadao Ando, who was the 2002 Kyoto Laureate in Arts and Philosophy.

Today, Miyake is identified as a global designer and innovator. His work is treasured as both fashion and art.

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