Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake, Influential Japanese Fashion Designer, Dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake, whose timeless pleats made him an industry favorite, has died at the age of 84.

As confirmed by his office to CNN, the prominent designer died of cancer on August 5.

A funeral service has already been held with his family and close friends. Meanwhile, a memorial ceremony will not be held, in line with the designer’s wishes.

Miyake rose to international prominence in the 1980s with avant-garde designs that those who could afford his luxury pieces immediately regarded as collector’s items.

Today, his designs are preserved at institutions including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

He also found a lifelong customer in Steve Jobs, who wore his black turtlenecks almost exclusively from the 1980s onward.

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