Issey - Linen Gown
Timeless elegance. Remarkably Markian.
The Issey Linen Gown design takes its cue from the traditional Japanese kimono, which translates as ‘thing to wear’ – and if there were ever a thing to wear, this would be it! The perfect bathroom or wardrobe addition made from 100% pure linen. A timeless choice that will last for years and soften and gain character with age and use.
It’s loose unisex design features generous sleeves and tie-around sash. Linen, one of the oldest used fibres in the world, has long been admired for its beautiful drape and natural lustre, but it’s the soft feel and texture to skin that is linen fabric’s main allure. Lightweight and breathable, linen never clings to the body. It is cool and absorbent, and you’ll never feel clammy when wrapped in linen.
Designed Woven & Made in South Africa
Design is not for philosophy - it's for life. - Issey Miyake
On April 22, 1938, fashion designer Issey Miyake was born in Hiroshima, Japan, where he witnessed the atomic bombing in August 1945. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances, such as L'eau d'Issey, which has become his best-known product.
He studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, graduating in 1964. After graduation, he enrolled in the Chambre Syndicale de la couture Parisienne school in Paris and was an apprenticed to Guy Laroche as an assistant designer. He also worked with Hubert de Givenchy, drawing 50 to 100 sketches daily.
In 1969, he moved to New York, where he met artists like Christo and Robert Rauschenberg. He was enrolled in English classes at Columbia University and worked on Seventh Avenue for designer Geoffrey Beene. Returning to Tokyo in 1970, he founded the Miyake Design Studio, a high-end producer of women's fashion.
In the late 1980s, he began to experiment with new methods of pleating that would allow both flexibility of movement for the wearer as well as ease of care and production. The garments are cut and sewn first, then sandwiched between layers of paper and fed into a heat press, where they are pleated. The fabric's 'memory' holds the pleats, and when the garments are liberated from their paper cocoon, they are ready-to-wear.
As a child, Miyake wanted to become a dancer. This childhood dream would become a source of inspiration later in his life. He created costumes for the dance company Ballett Frankfurt. After studying how dancers move, he sent 200 to 300 garments so the dancers could wear a different one in each performance. This experience led to the development of Pleats, Please range and inspired him to use dancers to display his work.
As well as clothing, Miyake has created a line of perfumes, bags, and the Miyake Issey Foundation. In March 2007, 21 21 Design Sight, a museum-style research centre for design constructed by Tadao Ando, opened in Roppongi, Tokyo. The centre is headed by Issey Miyake and four other Japanese designers and operated by The Miyake Issey Foundation.
In more than 50 years of designing clothes, he has never stopped innovating.