What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Ode to Joy


Photo: Christophe Archambault

I am a sucker for a good fashion show, but this one ditched the runway in favor of something much more spectacular. While the ISSEY MIYAKE Spring Summer 2020 show purports to be a fashion show, it feels much more like a dance performance or maybe performance art. The choreography is at times unstructured and at other times clearly minutely planned. It’s performed by models (many whom are also dancers) who waft and jump and spin and even fly around, beautifully showing off the movement of the (often bizarre) clothes.

The very interesting music is performed live by French singer/electronic musician DeLaurentis. It runs the gamut from abstract, bliss-out music that reminds me of Enya to a vocal version of Ravel’s Bolero.

For the show, ISSEY MIYAKE’s new design director Satoshi Kondo created a line that’s equal parts high-end loungewear and unwearable silliness, but somehow it all works, at least in the context of this performance. At least it all looks very comfortable! And very, very Japanese.

“I wanted to express the joy of wearing clothes and the joy of movement. So you see the models dancing, almost like in the wind, moving together.”

– Satoshi Kondo

As entertained as I was by the fashion and the theatrics, I was most struck by how much fun the models seemed to be having. Their face-splitting grins at the finale were clearly genuine. As much as I love avant garde fashion shows, it’s a real joy to see young people getting to behave like young people!

You can see all of ISSEY MIYAKE’s amazing products on the brand’s website and on Instagram and Facebook.

I tried to find the video on a platform other than Facebook, but I wasn’t successful. If you don’t have Facebook, most of the show can be seen in the Instagram posts below.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Ode to Joy

  1. At first I was all [take a quick look it’s fashion and you’re not into that] and then flicking through the vid I noticed something I could use in dancing and was all “ooo interesting”, so thanks for sharing Donna, looking into my dress making box…

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  2. This made me smile soooooooo big! I think if you remove that hats, it’s all so wearable (I’d wear any of it, and probably feel just as free and happy as those models do). I especially love the fact that these clothes are made to make the wearer feel good (regardless of size or shape), and not to attract the attention of a man. 😉

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  3. Darn, I got cut up watching the videos and my coffee got cold. I could do without the hats but the rest was beautiful. I also loved the fact that one or more of the models were not wearing a bra. About time. Yes, I am a male but couldn’t/can’t figure out why a female’s breast were such a sex object. Must admit that I don’t think you will ever see any of this at Walmart or Goodwill, the two stores I shop at but I really enjoyed watching the videos. Hal

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  4. I loved them. I wouldn’t wear on because as short as I am I would disappearbut the added a lot to the effect .

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  5. oh wow, absolutely beautiful. Issey Miyake is my favorite designer. So creative. Not that I am that much into fashion. Top!

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