Paris – Fashion house Issey Miyake has taken inspiration from an ancient idea from Japanese design called kasane, which develops work from the experience of people in their everyday lives.
The check coats, jackets and capes in the autumn/winter 2012/2013 menswear collection are made using two layers of wool gauze, which is fed by hand through a punching machine. Hundreds of needles prick the fabric, creating an irregular deconstructed check pattern. The technique combines machine- and mass-manufacturing methods with the notion of serendipity.
The collection also includes material made with eco-PET fabric, which is re-formed from plastic bottles.
For another example of Issey Miyake’s research into new materials, read our Innovate feature on 132 5 Issey Miyake.