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Guide to the Issey Miyake, Inc. lookbooks, 2008-2016

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier



Issey Miyake Inc.


Issey Miyake, Inc. lookbooks, 2008-2016, (Bulk, 2014-2016)


0.6 linear ft: 2 boxes

Language of Materials



Collection consists of English-language lookbooks and other printed promotional materials for Japanese fashion label Issey Miyake, Inc., produced largely between 2014 and 2016.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Issey Miyake, Inc. lookbooks, KA.0138.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

Fashion designer Issey Miyake (1938-) established Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970. The following year Miyake launched his first collection in New York and created Issey Miyake, Inc. The Pleats Please brand was launched in 1983 and the Haat brand followed in 2000. As of 2016, Issey Miyake, Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo with offices in New York, London and Paris.


Corporate history. Issey Miyake, Inc. http://www.isseymiyake.com/en/corporate/history.html (retrieved 7 September 2016).


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Scope and Content of Collection

Collection consists of lookbooks and other printed promotional materials for English-language markets distributed through Issey Miyake, Inc.'s TriBeCa (New York) office. Includes lookbooks for Pleats Please and designer Makiko Minagawa's brand HaaT. Also included is a dictionary of textile-related terminology published by the manufacturer Dan River. The collection does not include materials for all Issey Miyake, Inc. brands.

Jess Hess and Simone Pasztorek in Graphic Design for Fashion (London: Laurence King Publishing, 2010, 145-147) define lookbooks as "visual documentation of a single season," consisting of many printed images bound into book form. Unlike most books or magazines intended for the widest possible circulation, fashion labels distribute lookbooks without charge to "a select group of press, stylists, buyers and photographers inside the fashion industry." Functionally, fashion labels produce lookbooks for marketing and publicity purposes. Other industries have adopted the lookbook format as a method of promoting products and services, and entrepreneurs outside of the fashion industry may use the term to describe their portfolios.


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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - October 19, 2016

66 5th Avenue
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Issey Miyake, Inc. lookbooks, KA.0138.01, box __, folder __, New School Archives, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the New School Archives by Arianna Aviram, Wholesale Coordinator for Issey Miyake USA Corp., 2016

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Related Materials

Color 35 mm slides of Issey Miyake runway shows held during the 1990s will be found in the Fashion runway slide collection (KA.0016.01) in the New School Archives.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Lookbooks.

Personal Name(s)

  • Minagawa, Makiko
  • Miyake, Issei, 1938-


  • Advertising -- Fashion.
  • Fashion design.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder
132 5 Vol 2, 2015 
2 1
A Dictionary of Textiles Terms (published by Dan River, Inc.), after 1992 
1 1
Haat, 2014-2016 
2 5-6
Issey Miyake, 2014-2016 
2 4, 7-9
Issey Miyake Men's, 2008, 2014-2016 
1 2-4
2 2
Issey Miyake Women's, 2016 
2 10
Pleats Please, 2014, 2016 
2 3-4

Collection Guide Last Updated: 04/11/2017

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