Issey Miyake was born in Japan and studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. After graduating in 1964, he worked in Paris and New York City for a few years. In 1970, Miyake returned to Tokyo to start his own brand of high-end women's fashion known as Miyake Design Studio. In 1980, he began experimenting with methods of pleating, making his designs more comfortable and flexible, which led him to create the costumes for William Forsythe's Ballets "The Loss Of Small Detail" and "Garden In The Setting". Miyake became friends with Steve Jobs and was the one who designed the Black Turtlenecks which would become a part of Jobs' signature attire. In 1999, Miyake has assigned his company to his associate, Naoki Takizawa, and devoted himself to research full-time.
See also: Yohji Yamamoto, Comme Des Garçons, Junya Watanabe