Photos by Adam Nalapraya
Over the last few years I have developed a strong love for Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please range – they really are wardrobe staples. The fabric itself is ingenious. Created and developed by Issey Miyake’s leading textile designer and innovator Makiko Minagawa, the fabric is durable, machine washable and crease-proof; making them ideal travel buddies. People often have a preconception that Pleats Please is only worn by mature women – this really isn’t the case. There are plenty of varying silhouettes to suit every age and shape.
This particular dress is just one of the many special pieces from Pleats Please’ recent collaboration with renowned Japanese graphic designer Kazumasa Nagai. Nagai was approached by Issey Miyake after ‘Life’, his solo exhibition back in 2013, which featured a series of posters from 1993. The result is a fun and exuberant collection, featuring Nagai’s strong animal-headed figurines in five bold, vibrant colours; blue, red, green, yellow and purple in a range of garments and accessories. When worn, the movement in the fabric creates a playful element to the garment, as the animals can be seen to ‘move’; so an element of ‘life’ is given.
The other animals in the series…