Miyake’s Newest Innovation

Are you ready to have your mind blown? Mine was when I first started looking into Issey Miyake’s new line, 132 5.

Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer who has been working with experimental design since the 1970s. And he still is coming up with ground-breaking design as evidenced with 132 5.

In the new line, Miyake worked with an in-house research and development team, Research Lab, led by textile engineer Manabu Kikuchi and pattern engineer Sachiko Yamamoto. They collaborated with Jun Mitani, an origami inventor and computer scientist.

From Miyake’s website: “The process by which the clothing is made is groundbreaking, using a mathematical algorithm: first, a variety of three-dimensional shapes are conceived in collaboration with a computer scientist; then, these shapes are folded into two dimensional forms with pre-set cutting lines that determine their finished shape; and finally, they are heat-pressed, to yield folded shirts, skirts, dresses etc.”

We have a 132 5. shirt in the fashion study collection I manage (the gradated coral to white one above), and it is amazing to watch it unfold into life. Everyone who sees it flat can hardly believe that it is indeed a garment that can be worn on the upper body.

I frequently get asked where the name 132 5. comes from. The Design Museum explains it well, “one piece of fabric, a three-dimensional shape reduced to two, and the fifth dimension, which Miyake describes as the moment the garment is worn and comes to life.”

Additionally, the fabric used is made out of recycled plastic (PET) into polyester. The process is said to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions about 80 percent.

Last year 132 5. won the Design Museum’s Fashion Design of the Year award. It beat Kate Middleton’s wedding dress by Sarah Burton.


  1. Terri says:

    Wonderful stuff-He has always been one of my favorites because of the way he can manipulate fabric. But, I didn’t know about this-thanks

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