Monday, December 26, 2011


Press Release

All photos courtesy of WWD

A fashion exhibition Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is open to the public until April 8, 2012. The exhibition focuses on the collaborative work of legendary photographer, Irving Penn and renowned designer, Issey Miyake.

Issey Miyake's first encounter with Irving Penn was in 1983. On assignment for AmericanVogue, Penn photographed Miyake's clothing for an editorial feature. The perspective in these photographs startled Miyake as he suddenly saw his designs through a totally new set of eyes. As a direct result, Miyake asked Penn to photograph his designs.

Over the next 13 years, from 1987 through the Autumn/Winter Collection of 1999, Irving Penn photographed the ISSEY MIYAKE line's biennial collections. Miyake never attended the photo sessions but instead chose to entrust the vision of his clothes entirely to Penn. The unusual decision to offer Penn complete freedom gave rise to an incredible "visual dialogue" between the two artists. The creative pulse of Penn and Miyake's unique collaboration had a lasting effect on their artistic visions. In the end, Penn made over 250 photographs of Miyake's designs, many of which appear in collection posters, were published in art books, or exhibited in museums and cultural institutions.

This exhibition features the collaborative work of Irving Penn and Issey Miyake put together under the direction of Miyake's trusted colleague, Midori Kitamura, who assisted in their collaborative process throughout. Its aim is to provide a unique window on this unusual creative collaboration, or "visual dialogue"; and an opportunity to reflect on the power of imagination.
Source:  21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

Poster from the exhibition

September 16, 2011 - April 8, 2012

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT (Tokyo Midtown Garden)
9-7-6 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81(0) 3-3475-2121

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