Revolutionary Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake has died at the age of 84.
According to a statement by his company, Miyake died of liver cancer on Friday, and a private funeral has already taken place.
Known for his innovative styles and perfume, Miyake built a global fashion brand, which included designing Steve Jobs’ famous black turtle neck jumpers.
Miyake was known to work with traditional and modern fashion techniques during his long career.
He studied graphic design at a Tokyo art university and then moved to Paris in the 1960s, where he worked with lauded fashion designers Guy Laroche and Hubert de Givenchy.
He moved to New York for a short time, before heading back to Tokyo in 1970 to open the Miyake Design Studio.
By the 1980s he was celebrated as one of the world’s most pioneering designers as he worked with materials from plastic to metal – and also traditional Japanese materials, and paper.
Miyake developed a new way of pleating fabric by wrapping it between layers of paper in a heat press.
A phenomenal success after various tests proved the pleats stayed in place and didn’t wrinkle, leading to his signature Pleats, Please line.
Eventually he developed more than a dozen fashion lines ranging from his main Issey Miyake for men and women to bags, watches and fragrances before essentially retiring in 1997 to devote himself to research.