PFW AW14: Issey Miyake

The Issey Miyake AW14 catwalk show held at Jardin de Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week was inspired by the majestic forest and was a beautiful piece of art as well at catwalk show.  Live music on a special spring guitar by Ei Wada and vocals by Chiyako accompanied the performance.


The show was broken down into three scenes inspired by rings on trees, outside and into the forest.  The opening scene was quite powerful with several runway models appearing on the catwalk at once, stopped, pulled a garment out of their handbags and simultaneously drop the piece over their heads and continue their march down the catwalk.



The pieces were inspired by unprecedented technology coined Steam Stretch by Issey Miyake in which the heat from steam allows the stretchy threads to shrink both vertically and horizontally on the weave. Compact circular shapes were turned into 3-D garments including dresses, outerwear, tops, skirts and pants in a variety of autumnal colours.




Glass Magazine spoke with current Issey Miyake Designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae after the show about this new technology.  He explained how high-tech computer programming and the special weave of the jacquard fabric allows such shapes to evolve from a single piece of cloth.




Miyamae also expressed his love for working with stretchy fabrics and showed the journey from a single piece cloth to garment.  He also spoke of how he drew his inspirations for the collection many from the beauty in the tree rings.


by Cynthia Gregoire

All catwalk photos by

Photo of designer courtesy of James Selinger Photography