Issey Miyake Has Died Aged 84

The Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died aged 84.

Miyake was born in Hiroshima Prefecture and went on to study graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, before moving to Paris in 1965 to study at the tailoring and dressmaking school École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

The legendary designer worked for four years behind-the-scenes with teams at Guy Laroche, Hubert de Givenchy and Geoffrey Beene, and by 1973 Miyake was displaying his own work within a Paris group fashion show, introducing one of the most fundamental components of his aesthetic — layering, wraps, and folds within garments.

Per Reuters, Miyake died of hepatocellular carcinoma — a common form of primary liver cancer — on August 5.
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