issey miyake and tatsuo miyajima play with time and fashion at Milan Design Week 2022.

The city of Milan is a place of mixing leading creativity, whether it is industrial design, fashion, art or architecture. The same themes are always present Issey Miyakeas a brand clothes it is designed in the same way as the product. ISSEY MIYAKE / MILAN hosts collaborative, experimental exhibition THINKING DESIGN, MAKING DESIGN: work A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE and Tatsuo Miyajima during Milan Design Week 2022. The exhibition features the TYPE-II project by Tatsuo Miyajima, which reveals the conceptualization and realization of design work behind a revolutionary fashion brand.

issey miyake and tatsuo miyajima play with time and fashion at Milan Design Week 2022.
All pictures courtesy of Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake has always been a challenge to create original products. Since its founding in 1998, the company’s goal has been to revolutionize the clothing manufacturing process. Design work goes beyond making shapes to create garments that reflect the wearer’s lifestyle, especially through the advanced development of original fabrics. Research project A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE focuses on the future by intertwining works of art in fashion design through creative collaborations.

issey miyake and tatsuo miyajima play with time and fashion at Milan Design Week 2022.
Tatsuo Miyajima ‘s artwork represents time and life through the display of numbers 1 through 9

Issey Miyake x Tatsuo Miyajima

Issey Miyake collaborates with renowned contemporary artist Tatsu Miyajima for Milan Design Week 2022. He creates works of art that represent time and life through the display of numbers 1 to 9. Three concepts are evident in his work: constantly changing, connecting with everything, and it goes on forever. The collaboration stems from the idea of ​​promoting art-carrying experiences in everyday life. Digital numbers adorn the fashion design in a seven-segment display.

issey miyake and tatsuo miyajima play with time and fashion at Milan Design Week 2022.
Pieces of seven segments of numbers are wrapped in special textiles throughout the exhibition

numerical fashion and works of art

At the exhibition THINKING DESIGN, MAKING DESIGN: the work of A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE and Tatsuo Miyajima, two fashion designs are on display for visitors to see: TYPE-II-001 and TYPE-II-002. The first is reminiscent of a blues that uses the steam stretching method to combine a pleated garment with Miyajima’s expression of digital numbers. The technique affects special threads that react to the heat woven into the garment to make it shrink when hot steam is applied. Three-dimensional patterns and shapes are created only by treating the intended parts.

TYPE-II-002 creates a unisex blouse using Sony Group’s triporous,, a new sustainable material made from rice husks. Digital numbers are randomly displayed on clothing, and black is expanded to make the artwork stand out most visibly.

issey miyake and tatsuo miyajima are playing with time and fashion at Milan Design Week 2022.
Each day the visitor rolls a cube with 10 sides and then hangs the segments on the wall accordingly

The fashion show is paired with a series of participatory artwork and a video interview with Tatsu Miyajima, which reveals the thinking and creation behind the collaboration. The artwork of the exhibition serves as inspiration for the entire project. Pieces of seven segments of numbers are wrapped in special textiles. Each set of patterns is different because the numbers are randomly woven into the textile. Each day the visitor throws a dice with 10 sides and then hangs the segments on the wall accordingly. The ritual plays on the artist’s balance of analog and digital in his work.

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