Remembering Issey Miyake: The designer’s best celebrity moments

Designer Issey Miyake, best known for pioneering delicate pleats, has died at the age of 84.

The Miyake Design office confirmed the Japanese fashion legend passed away from liver cancer on Aug. 5.

Miyake’s design philosophy was simple yet complicated, often taking one piece of cloth and folding it into origami-like pleats to create lovely organic shapes since the 1970s.

Fashion designer Issey Miyake, famous for his delicate pleats, dressed stars ranging from Steve Jobs to Kim Kardashian.
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While he dressed supermodels like Grace Jones as well as current celebrities like Kim Kardashian until his death, Miyake is also known for creating Steve Jobs’ iconic black turtlenecks.

Here, see some of the late designer’s most famous celebrity moments.


Beyoncé wore the designer’s veil in her video for “Mine.”

Beyoncé’s 2014 music video for “Mine” featuring Drake included tons of beautiful, flowing fabric, with the pop queen pairing an angular bustier with Miyake’s pleated veil.


Solange’s mom recreated a 1999 Miyake design.
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Taking a cue from her older sister, Solange Knowles commissioned mom Tina to create a series of interconnected dresses inspired by a 1999 Miyake design. The Japanese designer officially retired from fashion in favor of a focus on textiles in 1999 — with his last show featuring 23 models walking down the runway in one interconnected piece of fabric.

Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen wore Miyake to the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards.

The Row designer chose a vintage gown that showcased all of Miyake’s design signatures for the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ iconic turtlenecks were also the work of Miyake.
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The story of Jobs’ signature look begins in Japan, when he visited the Sony offices in Japan and took a liking to their Miyake-designed uniforms, according to Apple co-founder Walter Isaacson. While the vests Jobs and Miyake imagined for the Cupertino employees didn’t go over so well, the entrepreneur requested a personal uniform and received hundreds of black turtlenecks in return.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams wore a Miyake bomber jacket to the “Flubber” premiere.
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Another man partial to Miyake’s designs was Robin Williams, who wore a cargo bomber jacket from the fall/winter 1996 collection to the NYC premiere of “Flubber” in 1997.

Grace Jones

Grace Jones wore many of Miyake’s designs over the years.
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Model Grace Jones was one of the designer’s biggest fans and friends, having modeled in his shows multiple times as well as worn his clothes out and about frequently in the 1980s and beyond.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian wore Miyake in 2020.

Proving that Miyake’s recent designs are just as beautiful as those from the beginning of his career, Kardashian wore a matching silver turtleneck and skirt from his collection in 2020.