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Issey Miyake, designer of Steve Jobs turtlenecks, dies at 84

Issey Miyake foundedone of Japan's biggest fashion brands, with bold sculptural pleat pieces and former Apple CEO The known Steve Jobs black turtleneckhas passed away. He was 84 years old.

Miyake died of liver cancer on August 5, his design office announced Tuesday.

Miyake defined an era in Japan's modern history, reaching stardom among generations of designers and artists in the 1970s, and gaining global recognition by defining a unique vision of Japan distinct from the West. gained fame.

Miyake's origami-like pleats turned the normally humble polyester into chic.He also used computer technology in weaving to create apparel. His plain clothes were meant to celebrate the human body, regardless of race, build, size, or age. chooses not to equate with what it considers to be sensitive and conspicuous consumption.

Issey Miyake during Paris Fashion Week Fall 1985.
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The late Apple CEO had Miyake make him hundreds of the black turtlenecks, which he always paired with 501 jeans.
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Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake smiles after receiving the gold medal of the Praemium Imperiale at the awarding ceremony in Tokyo, October 18, 2005.
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Again and Miyake also returned to his basic concept of starting with a single piece of cloth.

Over the years he has worked with a variety of cultural and social motifs and everyday items (plastic, rattan, "Japanese paper", jute, horsehair, foil, thread, batik, indigo dye, wire.


He occasionally evoked images of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and collaborated with Japanese painter Tadanori Yokoo to paint images of monkeys and leaves in vibrant, psychedelic hues.

Issey Miyake was known for his pleats, seen here on the runway during Paris Fashion Week for the Fall 2017 season.
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Singer Grace Jones wearing an outfit designed by Issey Miyake in 2003.
Issy Miyake at the Gall 1993 show during Paris Fashion Week.
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Furniture and Interior Designer Shiro Kuramata, photographer Irving Penn, choreographer and director Maurice Béjart, ceramist Lucy Lee, and Ballet Frankfurt

In 1992, Miyake had just gained independence from the Soviet Union. He was commissioned to design Lithuania's official Olympic uniform.

Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Miyake became an instant star on the European runways: Japanese sashiko and raw silk knitwear. His brown top, combined with a 93} Issey Miyake

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Miyake was also a pioneer of gender roles in the 1970s. asked feminist Fusae Ichikawa to model for her when she was in her 80s, sending the message that clothing is essential, comfortable and reflects the natural beauty of real people.

He made clothes beyond the mundane and seemed to reach for the spiritual, but the T-shirt He always endorsed the style of jeans and emphasized never being pretentious.

"Design is like a living creature in that it pursues what is important to its well-being and continuity," Miyake once wrote in his book.

His office confirmed that a private funeral had already taken place and that no other ceremony would take place per Miyake's wishes. No known survivors.