The third series of fashion designer Issey Miyake’s collection inspired by great graphic designer Ikko Tanaka is an energetic combination of Japan and the Western world

The works and colors of Ikko Tanaka, the graphic designer who could combine Western design with folk Japanese esthetics, are the protagonists of the third series of the Ikko Tanaka Issey Miyake collection. This project was launched in 2016 as a way to express fashion designer Miyake’s respect for Tanaka’s works and his gratitude for the inspiration provided

The aim was to create vibrant, energetic clothes that could intensify the charm of Tanaka’s works when worn in a three-dimensional format. For this reason, three series by Ikko Tanaka were chosen: Gradation, Work: Q, Rope.

Gradation (1972) uses as its subject a single hiragana character or a letter of the alphabet, likened to geometric shapes such as circles and squares. At the center of the series Work: Q (1972) is the letter Q and its movement on the screen. While ropes are the subject of the Rope series (1974-1979), used by Ikko Tanaka in many graphic works and representing an icon of his work. [Text Laura Galimberti – Photo Francis Giacobetti]


In the pictures, garments from the Ikko Tanaka Issey Miyake collection