Issey Miyake and his Reality Lab. team started this project in 2007, with the results of the new production method being launched as a new brand called 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE in 2010. The brand name refers to the way a piece of cloth (“1D”) takes on a three-dimensional shape (“3D”) and is then folded into a flat surface (“2D”), and the way that wearing it transforms it into a presence that transcends time and dimensions (“5D”).
Working with computer scientists, a variety of 3D shapes are folded, then pressed so that the cuts lie in different positions. This new production method has been used to create shirts, skirts, dresses, pants and more. The base material is recycled polyester fabric that has undergone a series of improvements in its development, carrying a message for modern-day garment making. “Clothes that bring joy and happiness to the wearer” is a concept that Miyake has long pursued. The brand brings this together with the production principles of “Regeneration and Re-creation” in a new venture.