When clothing is worn, it becomes alive with the moving body. Whether you are walking with your back straight, or with your back bent over, these changes in your posture can affect the appearance of the fabric. Due to this power, the comfort level and the flexibility of the material are vital considerations for choose a piece of clothing. The pleats on Issey Miyake’s design, reference such rhythms in clothing.
His Pleats Please collection in the 90’s was a revolution for fabric. During the production process, he sandwiched fabric between rice paper, to be crimped inside of a machine, to emboss the cloth with permanent creases. The resulting fabric allows folding, machine washing, and does not require ironing; not to mention, it is light in weight and can dry quickly. In addition to these qualities, the initially compressed fabrics, which are as thin as paper, now sturdily swells against the dimensional body, without losing its softness or flowing state. The body becomes its gentle density and creates an expression on the structure of the fabric.
Online shopping platform, SSENSE, has invited creative studio, Thomas Traum, to create a CGI film for Issey Miyake’s Homme Plissé Issey Miyake SS16 Collection. The film delicately communicates the idea of “clothes as a container and amplifier of the human body in movement.”