The day I read the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake (April 1938 through August 5, 2022) passed away following his battle with liver cancer,at 84, I experienced such a sharp pain in my heart I cried out “Oh no!” and felt faint.
As a survivor of cancer myself I’m intimately acquainted with the toll that disease extracts and as a fashion journalist, who’s life was changed when I saw a televised Issey Miyake fashion show danced/modeled by “Pilobilus” a modern dance troupe I realized the creative loss as well.
I was attending Cal State LA as a Fashion merchandising major then, and although my personal style was more vintage 1960s and 1970s than Japanese avant-garde, I was still attracted to artistic designs that had a backstory. Miyake’s had that and more.
Equally driven by nature, technology art and modern culture, while I’ve yet to buy the Vintage Miyake pieces on my wish list on therealreal.com I believe the indomitable spirit he imbued his clothes with will continue to inspire me even if I just examine them online and dream.