Whilst in Japan, I decided to take the famous bullet train to travel to Kyoto. My first impression of Kyoto was that Kyoto was so much more traditional in comparison to the busy hustle of Tokyo. Everything about Kyoto is calming giving one a sense of serenity. Being in Kyoto was like going back in time or at least having the real experience of being in Japan. My small trip to Kyoto would not have been complete if I did not experience living in a traditional Machiya house and participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, but also being in Kyoto meant that I would finally get the opportunity to model some of the clothes of one of my favourite designer’s, Issey Miyake.
For those who do not know, Issey Miyake, is a graphic designer who subsequently became a designer of haute couture clothing for women. He specializes into combining fashion and technology to create pleated garments which are so flexible, so easy to pack and no ironing is needed. Issey Miyake Pleats Please collection was first produced in 1993. Made from single pieces of high quality, 100% polyester fabric and the innovation behind Pleats Please is that clothes are first cut and sewn together two-and-a-half to three times larger than the finished garment. Next, individual pieces are hand-fed into a heat press then sandwiched between two sheets of paper. The garment then emerges with permanent pleats and this is how the magic happens.
Within the traditional wooden houses of Kyoto and the serene feeling of the city, Issey Miyake pleats could not have found a better place to be complimenting the tranquillity of Kyoto’s scenery.
Photography by Sayuri Murooka
Words by Temi Otedola
Original Thumbnail Art by Antonia Weishaupt
Clothing by Pleats Please Issey Miyake