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Esteemed fashion designer Issey Miyake has died at the age of 84, his office has confirmed. After a long battle with hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer, he died on August 5 “surrounded by close friends and associates”.
According to Japanese media, a private funeral consisting only of relatives has already been held. Despite Miya’s reputation as one of Japan’s most innovative and iconic designers, Miyak’s staff confirmed that there are no plans for a public event.
In a press release, Miyake Design Studio and Issei Miyake Group wrote: “Never one to embrace trends, Miyake’s dynamic spirit was driven by a relentless curiosity and desire to express joy through design. Always a pioneer, Miyake embraced both traditional craftsmanship but postmodern solutions. Also looked at: new technology driven by research and development. He never backed down from his love, the process of making things. He continued to work with his team, creating new designs and overseeing all collections. The various Issey Miyake labels. His joy, The spirit of empowerment and beauty will be carried on by the next generation.”
Miyake, who was born in Hiroshima, Japan, was known for his technology-driven concepts, pleated clothing and genderless cuts. Her geometric bags and popular scents led her to worldwide success. A host of stars have worn his iconic designs, including Rihanna, Solange, the Olsen siblings and Doja Kat. The creator was also behind Steve Jobs’ trademark black turtlenecks and made 100 of them for $175 to the Apple co-founder before retiring the line after Jobs died in 2011.