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Issey Miyake, legendary Japanese fashion designer, dies at 84

  • September 14, 2022

Legendary Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died.

Miyake died from liver cancer Friday morning in Tokyo. He was 84 years old.

The designer was known for everything from unique designs and fine fragrances to being the creator behind the statement black turtlenecks worn by Apple’s Steve Jobs.

Miyake’s company confirmed that a private funeral has already taken place.

PHOTO: Issey Miyakei during Paris Fashion Week circa 1993 in Paris.  (Images Press/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Issey Miyakei during Paris Fashion Week circa 1993 in Paris. (Images Press/Getty Images)

Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Miyake was 7 years old when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city during World War II. He discussed the bombing as an adult with The New York Times in 2009, mentioning that he didn’t want to be known as “the designer who survived the atomic bomb.”

In 1971, the first Issey Miyake collection launched in New York, and shortly after, was shown during Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 1973.

Through the years, the company has displayed everything from extraordinary textures and eclectic styles to chic modern everyday wear.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of the Apple co-creator, Jobs said he had enough of his statement-making Issey Miyake black turtlenecks to last a lifetime. The designer made him more than 100 sweaters that he paired with jeans as his uniform until the day he died.

PHOTO: Issey Miyake attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Exhibition, Dec. 8, 1986, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Issey Miyake attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Exhibition, Dec. 8, 1986, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

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On Tuesday, fans and fashion industry notables started sharing their condolences for Miyake on social media.

“Farewell, Issey Miyake, sculptor of cloth. Comfort dressing has never been so chic,” tweeted New York Times and INYT fashion director/critic Vanessa Friedman.

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