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Hocho Cut 1975 design/SS76 Collection, featuring Grace JonesPhotography Tatsuo Masubuchi; Courtesy of Taschen

Inside the new book paying homage to Issey Miyake

To coincide with the designer’s new Tokyo exhibition, a Taschen photobook charts some of his most iconic moments

Yesterday marked the opening of MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION: The Work of Miyake Issey at Tokyo’s esteemed National Art Center, an exhibition celebrating the designer’s pioneering 45-year career. Our friends at AnOther were there to report from the opening, but if you can’t make it all the way to Japan yourself, don’t worry – Taschen have compiled the show’s best moments into a new book, available now.

With highlights including Miyake’s famed Pleats Please collections and the time he designed the uniform for Lithuania at the 1992 Olympics, the 500-plus page book illustrates the designer’s eminent career from the 1970s to present day.

Having worked with Miyake since 1974, Midori Kitamura is the brains behind the operation, compiling countless references spanning the last four decades. “We had to rent a space specially for the project,” Kitamura told the Japanese Times. “I basically locked myself in there for three years.”

Issey Miyake is available to purchase at the exhibition which closes on June 13th or on