We will release the third volume of the IKKO TANAKA ISSEY MIYAKE collection featuring motifs from the works of Ikko Tanaka, the renowned graphic designer who had a major impact on the history of design around the world.
It debuted in 2016 as an expression of Issey Miyake’s respect for Tanaka’s works and his gratitude for the many inspirations. Existing examples of the original works were considered, and their colors were faithfully replicated in the production of this series. The objective is not to use these works simply as motifs; but rather to create vibrant clothing full of energy to intensify the appeal of Tanaka’s works when worn in a three-dimensional format.
This time, three of Tanaka’s works have been chosen as motifs : Gradation (letters and characters), Work: Q, and Rope. Taking note of the image of “movement” that each work imparts, such as moving dynamically, floating, and flowing fluidly, we focused on creating a simple design that maximizes the world view of Tanaka’s works, and the elegant expressions of fabric that flows with the movement of the wearer’s body.
To thoroughly replicate the image that his works exude, we took utmost care in selecting the materials. In addition to pleats materials, a 100% polyester fabric was employed to create a sporty coat. The movement of the wearer breathes new life into the graphics.
Ikko Tanaka continued his challenge to create new value at all time. By expressing his powerful works in the form of clothing, we wish many people to recognize the ideal form of design along with its sence of fun. IKKO TANAKA ISSEY MIYAKE is the embodiment of Issey Miyake’s everlasting thoughts such as these.