Issey Miyake presented a collection of items to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his famous pleats. Among them, a watch, a fragrance, and a book with these genius photographs by artist Taku Satoh. Inspired by the curves and lines of the thin pleats, Satoh created a series of delicious images of ice-cream, a toast, a glass of wine, sushi.. Topped with a piece of pleat. You can buy the book at Taschen for €29,99.
The collection Pleats Please, created by the influential Japanese designer in 1993, is based on pleats as structural element. Thanks to a technique developed by Miyake (he dedicates a lot of time to investigate new confection methods), the result is perfect. The pleating elaboration process is as follows: first the pieces are cut and sewn together creating clothes two and three times bigger; then, the individual parts are placed by hand in a heat press between two sheets of paper. After the press, the clothes are fixed with permanent pleats, no matter if they are dresses, cardigans, skirts, shirts or pants. This industrial process allows creating the texture and the shape at the same time. The vertical pleat, horizontal and zigzag is used to produce various effects and architectural shapes (via Taschen).