Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

A few weeks ago, I received a brochure from Columbia College here in Chicago advertising their Fashion Study Collection. On the cover was a piece that fascinated me, so I decided to do a little searching. Here's what I found.
The above piece was on the cover. Like I said, fascinating!! The top was designed by Issey Miyake in 2012 along with the two pieces below.

Here is the information I found about the collection and the process.
"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE", developed by Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab. team, is both a new label and a new evolution of "A Piece Of Cloth".
The process by which the clothing is made is groundbreaking, using a mathematical algorithm: first, a variety of three-dimensional shapes are conceived in collaboration with a computer scientist; then, these shapes are folded into two dimensional forms with pre-set cutting lines that determine their finished shape; and finally, they are heat-pressed, to yield folded shirts, skirts, dresses etc. These clothes are significant not only for the process by which they were made but because they are also made using recycled PET products, sometimes in combination with other recycled fibers.
"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE" is Miyake's new creative challenge based on the ideas of "Regeneration and Re-creation" and a continuation of his perpetual search for new ways by which to make "clothes that bring joy and happiness to wearers".

The pieces below are from the current collection.

The website offers 2 videos that show the shapes and the genius behind them. The videos are not very long, only a few minutes, well worth a look. You can find them here, http://www.isseymiyake.com/en/brands/132_5.html
Just incredible! Hope you enjoyed seeing this as much as I did.
Have a wonderful week!

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  1. Just amazing! Thanks for sharing. I was in awe and admiration of this man before but this is something else entirely. Very clever!

  2. Thanks for directing me to these extraordinary Issey Miyake creations. The man really is a genius....these are truly marvellous...

  3. I have always been drawn to his creativity. No matter how advanced or "out there" he always takes into consideration wearability. Thanks so much for this post.