Issey Miyake Pleats Please, which was launched in 1993 as the designer’s sub-line, is now the protagonist of a newly released book. The line’s garments originate from single pieces of high quality, 100% polyester, permanently pleated fabric which is folded via a specific process. The pieces are first cut and sewn together from fabric that is nearly three times larger than the finished item, which is then sandwiched between sheets of paper and hand-fed into a pleating machine. Vertical pleating is then used to create different effects and architectural shapes on various pieces such as tube dresses, cardigans, skirts, shirts and elastic-waist pants.
Pleats Please is functional and practical. The garments store easily, travel well, require no ironing, can be machine-washed, and dry within hours. Their simple beauty, comfort, lightness, and ease of care have changed the way many women dress. President of Miyake Design Studio Midori Kitamura’s new book “Pleats Please Issey Miyake” tells the story of Miyake’s line for the first time through 576 pages of text and images. Published by Taschen, the volume is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and retails for € 29.99.