These images by French photographer Francis Giacobetti of dancers sporting pleated Issey Miyake garments are on display at the Daikanyama T-site venue in Tokyo.

Giacobetti, who has worked on vogue shoots for publications including Vogue considering that the 1960s, was commissioned by Japanese vogue residence Issey Miyake to photograph the Pleats Please campaigns in between 1999 and 2001. He was then brought back to capture photographs for the collections from 2012 onwards.

Organised by the brand, the Prism exhibition displays prints of Giacobetti’s vogue pictures inside a gallery area at the Klein Dytham-made cultural centre.

Prism by Francis Giacobetti at Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Please Please Issey Miyake, 2015. Principal image: Zebra 17, Photograph, print 2012

In the shots, the pleated garments are worn by dancers posed in intense positions – jumping with outstretched legs or balancing on one particular pointed toe.

“With dancers as his models, he was able to capture the shifting expressions of Pleats Please with every dancer’s motion,” reads the Pleats Please book published by Taschen, in which many of the images are collected. “This perform culminated in a striking series that showcased Pleats Please’s radiant palette and prints.”

Prism by Francis Giacobetti at Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Spring Summertime 2013

Photographed towards a white background, Giacobetti has exaggerated the contrast between the models’ skin to produce silhouetted shapes that support to highlight the garments.

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The photographs for the exhibition display outfits from different seasons, such as loose striped and gridded pieces from Spring Summer season 2013 and a billowing skirt from Spring Summer season 2000.

The Pleats Please womenswear assortment was very first launched in 1989. Issey Miyake launched it as a separate brand in 1993, and new collections are even now created each season.

Prism by Francis Giacobetti at Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Pleats Please Issey Miyake, Spring Summer season 2000

“This is a line that is positioned to embody one of the most basic ideas of Issey Miyake – in which the real value of style lies in its integration into the each day daily life and comfort of the wearer,” said the brand’s website.

“This is clearly demonstrated in the development and evolution of standard tactics of processing and of pleating materials into a extremely practical contemporary solution – light in excess weight and effortless to put on and handle.”

Prism runs from 12 to 21 June 2015 at the Daikanyama T-site’s Backyard Gallery in the Shibuya-ku district of Tokyo.

Undertaking credits:

Motion graphics: tha Itd./Yugo Nakamura
Area and technical Coordination: LUFTZUG
Graphic design: Taku Satoh Design and style Office
Projector support: Canon, Canon Advertising and marketing Japan



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