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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Miyake, Issey, born 1938 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pleated polyester-linen blend

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress is from Issey Miyake's 1990 'Rhythm Pleats' collection. Through geometric cutting and the exploitation of the linear qualities of the pleats, which are often placed at different angles, Miyake has created two- and three- dimensional shapes. The garment is designed to move with the wearer, assuming independent forms which neither disguise nor reveal the body.

Miyake displayed his 1990 collection in an influential exhibition in which dresses were shown on three-dimensional mannequins as well as spread flat on the floor. This particular dress has a rectangular shape when laid out flat.

Physical description

Dress made of grey and black pleated polyester-blend (ratio 65:35)

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1990 (made)


Miyake, Issey, born 1938 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pleated polyester-linen blend


Length: 129 cm measured flat, Width: 82.5 cm measured flat, Height: 155 cm, Width: 90 cm, Depth: 50 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/1187.

Historical significance: Since his first show in 1971, Issey Miyake has become an innovative fashion force, fusing elements from the traditional designs of his native Japan with uncompromising modernity. His clothes are admired for their deceptive simplicity and wearability as well as for their more formal sculptural qualities.

Descriptive line

Dress made of pleated polyester, designed by Issey Miyake, Japan, 1990

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jackson, A. ed. V&A: A Hundred Highlights. London: V&A Publishing, 1996

Production Note

Spring / Summer 1990.


Polyester (textile); Linen


Pleating; Machine sewing


Fashion; Women's clothes; Plastic


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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