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Famed Japanese designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

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Issey Miyake, who founded one of Japan's most prestigious design houses and was renowned for his daringly shaped pleated pieces and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' black turtlenecks, has passed away. He was 84.

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According to Miyake Design Office, Miyake passed away on August 5 due to liver cancer.

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Miyake, who rose to popularity in the 1970s among a group of designers and artists who achieved international acclaim by establishing a Japanese vision that was distinct from the West, defined an epoch in contemporary Japanese history.

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Polyester that is often tacky was made stylish by Miyake's origami-style folds. He also weaved clothing using computer technology. 

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His casual attire was created to promote all human bodies, regardless of color, physique, age, or size.

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Choosing not to connect with what he perceived as a frivolous, trend-watching, showy consumerism, Miyake even disliked the term "fashion designer."

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Miyake repeatedly went back to his fundamental idea of beginning with a single piece of cloth, whether it was draped, folded, sliced, or wrapped.

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He drew inspiration over the years from a range of societies, cultures, and ordinary objects, including plastic, rattan, "washi" paper, jute, horsehair, foil, yarn, batik, indigo colors, and wire.

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A private burial was previously performed, according to his office, and no more rituals would be done in compliance with Miyake's wishes. Miyake maintained his family's privacy, and no survivors have been identified.