We have released a series of products featuring motifs of works by Ikko Tanaka, a renowned graphic designer who had a major impact on the history of design around the world.
Existing examples of the original works were considered, and their size and colors were faithfully replicated in the production of this series. But the objective was not to use these works simply as motifs; rather, that vibrant clothing full of energy should be created to intensify the vision of Tanaka's work by the wearing a three-dimensional format. What appears here is authentic Japanese beauty showing strength without pretense.
Three works out of Tanaka's many masterpieces were selected as motifs: Nihon Buyo (1981), The 200th anniversary of Sharaku (1995), and Variations of Bold Symbols (1992). In this first release of the series, we propose special clothing that communicates an opportunity for people to bond in the setting of a modern tea ceremony.
Ikko Tanaka developed radical ideas to create fresh works drawn by hand in an age without computers. We wish people to recognize his works and the ideal form of designs. This series shines a light and opens up a pathway to the future.
** Special Website **
A fun special site that introduces information on the IKKO TANAKA ISSEY MIYAKE series and the design of its various products has been launched.
【PARROTS JACQUARD】 This is a series that represents in a dense full jacquard of cotton polyester some of the photographs of the TOKYO PARROTS series by Yoshinori Mizutani picturing the wild parrots that live in Tokyo. This series offers a fresh and chic style.
January 6 (Wed) to February 2 (Tue), 2016
During the above period, we will hold a special exhibit as a collaborative project between ISSEY MIYAKE MEN and Yoshinori Mizutani, a young photographer, at ELTTOB TEP ISSEY MIYAKE / GINZA. This is a special occasion to view backstage photographs of the SPRING SUMMER 2016 Paris Collection taken by Yoshinori Mizutani.
A fresh and chic item series that uses photographs from the TOKYO PARROTS series by the same photographer, which features the wild parrots that live in Tokyo, will also be shown. Please be sure to drop by!
Yoshinori Mizutani Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1987. After graduating in economics from Nihon University, studied at the Tokyo College of Photography. Selected as Lens Culture Emerging Talents 2014 Top 50 and Foam Magazine Talent Call 2014 winner in 2014. Major exhibits include Form Talent 2014 exhibition (Paris, 2014), Lens Culture Emerging Talent Awards 2014 (Barcelona, 2014), TOKYO 2020 (Zurich, 2014), LUMIX MEETS TOKYO 2020 (2013, Paris/Tokyo), SHASHIN! Japanese Photography Then / Now (Hong Kong, 2015), Tokyo Parrots (Beijing 2015), and Tokyo Parrots - Yusurika - Moonlight (Zurich, 2015). From 2014 to 2015, held two exhibits at IMA Gallery, and had three photobooks, Tokyo Parrots, Colors and Yusurika, published by IMA Photobooks. www.yoshinori-mizutani.com
【COLEUS】 This series uses colorful prints and the new Baked Stretch technique to express the kind of overflowing strength of the plants that grow in the tropics.
【TAILORED LINE】 A series of printed jackets with a motif of traditional Japanese stripes.
【AIR FLOWER】 This collection represents with multicolored Jacquard weaves the work AIR by Katsuhito Yamamoto, which is the main motif for January.
【PENTAGON】 The PENTAGON series, inspired by the regular dodecahedron, a geometric shape composed of pentagonal faces, is out. The regular dodecahedron is a polyhedron that consists solely of pentagonal faces. Using the characteristics of soft cloth, a new form of clothes was produced by envisioning a three-dimensional structure achieved by reducing the number of faces. All the items in this series can be folded into pentagons, and when they are worn, they transform dynamically to conform to each silhouette.