Hello smart people!
I must confess that I am not good at math (is it a privilege reserved for designers? :)). So bad that I have to wear it hopefully it will get into my mind. I guess Issey Miyaké is not an exception, that is why he created this Number 3 with geometric shapes and formulas on it :)))
If you're pleat addict like the woman you saw in this post, I am sure you already know that Issey Miyaké is not the first designer who made pleats. Things happened at the beginning of 20th century, when Spanish-born couturier Mariano Fortuny patented a method of pleating silk that enable him to produce flowing, romantic gowns (in my version: he asked his experienced dressmaker wife to hand pleat the dresses). If you're interested, Google his name. He is the multi-talented son, not to confuse with his father who shared the same name.
Back to what I wear, they're all in polyester and the process of making them includes putting a 3 times bigger than the real size products into a heat press. The result of this genius idea is the clothes that move with your body. On top of everything, I love them because they don't take up much space in your wardrobe, they don't need to be dry cleaned and they love you as long as you love them. They're made to be colorfully timeless.
Tiny tips: vertical and horizontal pleats are much sturdier than zig-zag ones. I share this to prevent you from sitting the whole dinner in your brand new zig-zag Issey Miyaké dress and saying good bye to the dress after that, just like I did. Remember, they're made by heat and its the heat that kill them. So please don't give heat to pleats!
The Delphos Pleated Dress (1909) and The Pleats Please Dress (1993) are 2 of the 50 dresses that changed the way we dress dress dress dress dress.
Photo by Lorna BC
Photo by Lorna BC
Have a pleasant night!
Love and colourful pleats,