Since the end of the second world war, Japan has led the world in many new areas like video recorders and silicon chip technology.
GV/SV Designer Issey Miyake at work in his studio (2 shots)
SVS/CU Miyake finishing design illustration (3 shots)
GV/SVs Women trying out Miyake clothes (3 shots)
SV Miyake clothes on display (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Women wearing Miyake clothes, seated at cafe terrace
GV PAN EXT Tokyo museum
GV/SVs Miyake looks on at mannequins dressed in some of his designs at retrospective exhibition (9 shots)
GVs/SVs People with programme of the show looking at exhibits (4 shots)
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Background: Since the end of the second world war, Japan has led the world in many new areas like video recorders and silicon chip technology. And in the world of women's fashion, the story is no different. Designer Issey Miyake is one of the leading members of a new wave of Japanese fashion-setters. Before working in Tokyo, where he now works with the artisan, Arai, Miyake produced clothes in Paris at the Givenchy fashion house and with Geoffrey Beene in New York. As an indication of Tokyo's new-found place in the avant-garde of world fashion, the city recently gave a 10-day display of Miyake's designs at a leading museum, exhibiting 10 years of his work. Miyake was known in the trade for his "architectural fashion" with his clothes showing their influence from high-tech art, looking as if they had been "sculpted". His fabric research was among the foremost in the world, and with Arai, he produced 40 different fabrics for a recent Paris show. One of the new materials comprised a woven pattern on wool that looked like a print, and was made with the help of a computer. Another influence in his work are the ordinary working clothes of Japanese peasants which resulted in many of Miyake's garments being finished in the colour blue.