Issey Miyake


First Japanese printing from 1983 of Issey Miyake’s great “Body Works” book.
In the 1980s, acclaimed Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake furthered his exploration of the body’s motions and form, enthusiastically taking on the challenge of designing garments using materials other than cloth: plastic, paper, and wire. He called his creations from this period “Body Works.” The American art magazine Artforum featured a Rattan- vine Body created by Miyake on its February 1982 cover—the first time clothing had been featured on the cover of an art magazine.

This is the book that fully encapsulates this incredible period of Miyake’s work. With beautiful photography throughout by the likes of Marcus Leatherdale, Daniel Jouanneau, and Helmut Newton, illustrated contributions by Milton Glaser, iconic appearances by Grace Jones, Andy Warhol and many others, alongside behind the scenes photography, garment photography, texts (in English and Japanese) and much more, this museum book is as much an artist’s book as it is a catalogue or monograph.

Very fine plastic-wrapped original printing copy with obi-strip comes with ticket-stub to the Japanese “Bodyworks” exhibition in 1983, as well as the exhibition flyer and a Japanese newspaper cutting from the time! A small Miyake archive!

* Condition: Very Good (a plastic-protected, clean, tight copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Issey Miyake - Bodyworks (1983)
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