It was a single picture cut and pasted into my high school diary, year 2000. This was the image that, in my eyes, converted fashion into genius. I bought the magazine from a dingy paper weight store in town, and had to dig to find it. It was my first second hand Vogue. The image was a black and white campaign photo of a giant shrine-like lantern with angular shadows playing off it’s folds. But this was no ordinary lantern because when you looked closer you’d see that it wasn’t really a lantern. It had a neckline and armholes. It was a dress, the Minaret. Underneath it on the page very neatly and minimally printed was the name Issey Miyake.
So I’m walking in Bangkok a few months ago and I spot a stylish Thai teen carrying an amazing bag. The bag was faceted and mimicked the architecture of the metropolis cities of Tokyo and Bangkok, reflecting what I was seeing around me in terms of faceted skyscapers. After walking the endless buzzing streets and malls I saw a billboard with the same bag on it. It was part of Issey Miyake’s Bao Bao range. Out of all the treasures in the world my eyes would obviously pick something Miyake. Things made sense. His hybrids of design and fashion reflect the true technology of the time and to witness it in it’s environment , next to the architectural inspiration, seemed like art coming to life. His fashion background mixed with design has made him a revolutionary designer as he has taken fashion concepts and turned them into curated exhibitions of moving, living sculpture. In 1993 his Pleats Please range looked at revolutionary new ways of garment pleating. He is a master of taking elements from the physical world around him and turning them into fashionable art.
In this era of borrowing trends from past decades it’s refreshing to see designs that are truly unique. These are the designs that define the now and that future generations will look back on to pinpoint the origin of the futuristic designs that influence their current trends. This is the inspiration for the designs that are yet to come.
To window shop the Bao Bao range visit http://www.polyvore.com/bao/collection?id=2417165 .