132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE – “Born from a union between mathematics and clothes making”

Inspired by origami, Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has developed a clothing line utilizing revolutionary recycled material (fibers) entitled “132 5. Issey Miyake”, where the garments are designed to expand from two-dimensional geometric shapes into structured shirts, skirts, pants and dresses.

Another source of inspiration would be the work of computer scientist Jun Mitani who creates three-dimensional structures with smoothly curved surfaces by folding flat materials. The designers used modelling program designed by Mitani to design the three dimensional forms of the garments, which are then modeled in paper adding cuts and fold lines until the forms can be flattened.

“132 5. Issey Mikaye” was crafted through Miyake’s Reality Lab, a research and development team formed by Miyake, textile engineer Manabu Kikuchi and pattern engineer Sachinko Yamamoto. To see more of “132 5. Issey Mikaye” check out Dezeen.

“The name, 132 5. was born from the above-mentioned process. Each of the numerals has a special significance. The numeral “1” refers to a single piece of cloth, while “3” refers to its three-dimensional shape. The following “2” comes from the fact that a 3D piece of material is folded into a two-dimensional shape, and the “5” separated by a single space refers to the time between when the folded forms are made and people actually put them on, giving birth to clothing. The numeral “5” also signifies our hope that this idea will have many other permutations.”

“The Reality Lab. always seeks to create products that reflect what people need and to find new ways to stimulate creative production in Japan.”

images via Dezeen
photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki

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