Irving Penn & Issey Miyake Exhibition
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo (Japan) announces a unique exhibition: ‘Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue’, celebrating the collaborative work of legendary photographer Irving Penn and renowned designer Issey Miyake.
Taking place from 16th September 2011 – 08th April 2012, the exhibition showcases some of Penn’s iconic photography of Miyake’s collections spanning 13 years from 1987 to 1999.
Issey Miyake’s first met Irving Penn in 1983 whilst on assignment for American Vogue. Their close working relationship began in 1987 and in their 13 years working together Miyake never attended a single photo session, instead trusting Penn to capture the essence of each collection.
Under the direction of Midori Kitamura, Miyake’s trusted colleague, the installation designed by architect Shigeru Ban, features both the individual and collaborative work of Irving Penn and Issey Miyake. In addition to large scale projections of collection photographs by Penn, an animated film by Pascal Roulin with original cartoons by Michael Crawford, and ISSEY MIYAKE collection posters exhibited collectively for the first time, original photographic prints made by Penn will also be on display as well as his preliminary drawings for photographing Miyake’s designs.
Image above: ISSEY MIYAKE Collection Poster, SS94. Photograph by Irving Penn. Poster design and typography by Ikko Tanaka. Photograph copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.
Image above: Irving Penn. Vegetable Face（B), New York, 1995. Pigment print. Copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.
Image: Book Jacket. Irving Penn regards the work of Issey Miyake. Photograph, jacket design, and typography by Irving Penn. Photograph copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.
Image: Irving Penn. Issey Miyake Staircase Dress, New York, 1994. Platinum/palladium print. Copyright by The Irving Penn Foundation.
Date: September 16, 2011 – April 08, 2012 Closed on Tues (Except Nov. 1)
Admission: General ¥1,000 | University Students ¥500 – ¥800 | Ages 12 and under enter for free
Venue: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT (Tokyo Midtown Garden) | 9-7-6 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN | Tel. +81(0) 3-3475-2121