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Mary McCartney: Moment of Affection


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Courtesy of Issey Miyake
Courtesy of Issey Miyake

ISSEY MIYAKE x Ikko: A Collection Inspired by Friendship

By Roseanne Tabachnik

February 19, 2016

Earlier this month, Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake released a new collection of garments, footwear, and handbags, featuring the artworks and motifs of late graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, who passed away in 2002.

Miyake and Tanaka initially formed their friendship during the 1960s, and remained in close relations until Tanka’s death. In honor of their bond, Miyake adopted three of Tanaka’s masterpieces in the first segment of his clothing series, namely Nihon Buyo (1981), The 200th anniversary of Sharaku (1995), and Variations of Bold Symbols (1992).

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These motifs represent some of Tanaka’s most influential work, who was known for fusing together Japanese tradition and modern principles, and his vision of wearing a 3D format. Staying true to Tanaka’s artwork, the size and colors of his designs were preserved in the production of the collection. As the first segment in the upcoming collaborative series, the collection is intended to be worn to modern tea ceremonies, symbolizing friendship.

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