Issey Miyake recently launched the fourth volume of the “Ikko Tanaka” collection featuring motifs from the works of Ikko Tanaka, the renowned graphic designer whose body of work has had a major impact on the history of design around the world.
Volume 1 debuted in 2016 as an expression of Issey Miyake’s respect for Tanaka’s works and his gratitude for the many inspirations. Existing examples of the original works were considered, and their colours faithfully replicated in the production of this series. The objective, noted the fashion house at the time, was not to use these works simply as motifs but rather to create vibrant clothing full of energy to intensify the appeal of Tanaka’s works when worn in a three-dimensional form.
This time, one of Tanaka’s works have been chosen as the motif – Circle (1986). Focusing on the dynamism and humour of each work, as well as the feeling of warmth they impart, various materials were carefully selected for the details of each work, and used in simple sporty designs.
“By expressing the powerful works of Tanaka’s artistic creation, who continues with his challenge to constantly create new value in the form of clothing, our aim is to help people recognise the ideal form of design along with its sense of fun. The collection is the embodiment of such everlasting thoughts of Issey Miyake,” said a spokesperson for the brand.