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Issey Miyake's Onepiece

by Christine Temin


Prototype for MIDAS from A-POC 4. Photo by Yasuagi Yoshinaga.

A-POC is an acronym for "A Piece of Cloth," but it also puns on "epic" and "epoch:" an epic change for a new century. Together, a cadre of designers led by Issey Miyake is reconstructing design culture in Japan.

In 2000, Miyake, Japan's longtime clothing innovator, turned his label over to Naoki Takizawa and switched his attention to A-POC, which he began working on in 1998. Miyake set out to harness contemporary science and technology to redefine…

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