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Woman's "Origami Pleats" Dress

Designed by Issey Miyake, Japanese, born 1938

Made in Japan, Asia

Spring/Summer 1989

Pleated polyester plain weave

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Miriam Kanev, 1992

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Issey Miyake's research into materials and technology opened new dimensions in fashion. His first Pleats collection, introduced in 1988, featured pleats that held their shape permanently and could be folded flat for storage. Rather than following traditional construction techniques that relied on prepleated fabric, Miyake cut and sewed a shape that was two to eight times the garment's actual size and then compressed it into permanent pleats using pressure and steam heat. The dress seen here was inspired by origami, the art of Japanese paper folding.