Issey Miyake’s Autumn/Winter 11/12 collection ‘132 5’ is based on an innovative concept inspired by the intricate skill of origami combined with the ideas of “regeneration and re-creation.”
The complex designs in this collection are created using computer software developed by Japanese computer scientist, Professor Jun Mitani. This software allowed Miyake to create flat geometric shapes using one sheet of cloth that then opened up into three-dimensional wearable garments, many of which can be worn in multiple ways. As the three-dimensional garments are not cut or sewn, they are heat pressed whilst in two-dimensional form in order retain the permanent pleats which allows it to hold its shape. The Issey Miyake brand have described the collection as; “a union between mathematics and clothing making.” The name of this collection comes from the process in which the garments are produced. ‘1’ refers to the one piece of cloth used to create the product, ‘3’ indicates the three dimensional form of the clothing, ‘2’ is for the two dimensions of which the garment can be flattened to and ‘5’ represents the fifth dimension in which Miyake explains as the instant the clothing is worn and transformed.
The combination of maths, scientists and geometric shapes within this ‘132 5’ collection provides a strong indicator of Mpdclick’s forecasted autumn/winter 11/12 trend ‘Innovate’ which sees “linear and geometric shapes are key features requiring fabrics such as high quality 100% polyester fabric to create intricate and precise pleats and folds. Micro-pleating can be applied to sections of garments to alter the silhouette or to accessories for a linear look. Moiré-effect fabrics, either of silk or synthetic, reflect the mathematical theme creating mesmerizing interference patterns.”
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