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On the Wilds of Creativity: Ronan Bouroullec and HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE

A dynamic collaboration at the intersection of art and fashion

Ronan Bouroullec, a renowned French designer and artist, has once again pushed the boundaries of creative expression. His latest collaboration with the high-concept fashion brand HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE showcases a unique fusion of art and fashion. First unveiled during Paris Fashion Week Menswear Fall/Winter 2024 at Palais de Tokyo, this collection, titled "On the Wilds of Creativity," represents a dynamic intersection of Ronan's distinctive drawings and Issey Miyake's innovative design ethos.

Ronan's body of work, specifically his abstract drawings, have been a source of inspiration across various creative fields. These drawings, which feature in the Wrong Shop poster range, are characterised by their intricate pen strokes, vibrant colours, and fluid forms. In this collaboration, Ronan's drawings are not merely presented as standalone art but are integrated into the very fabric of the garments, transforming them into wearable art.

Drawing 15, Ronan Bouroullec

The collaboration began with an immersive creative session where the design team of HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE delved into Ronan Bouroullec’s artistic world, fostering a unique dialogue between the drawings and the clothing. By treating the work as a foundational element rather than a mere reference, the team created a collection that is both innovative and deeply connected to its source material.

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE is a brand where tradition meets innovation. Known for its experimentation with pleated fabrics, the label has gained a formidable reputation among fashion enthusiasts globally. The brand's approach is rooted in the legacy of the iconic Japanese designer Issey Miyake, whose pioneering work with pleats has redefined contemporary fashion. This collection continues that tradition, blending the classic pleat with Ronan Bouroullec’s modern artistic vision.



The HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE AW24 collection features a range of garments, and key items include coats that convert into cushions and scarves that can be worn as hats, each piece a testament to the playful yet meticulous design process. The collection highlights the fluidity of Ronan Bouroullec’s strokes through colours, forms, and movements, seamlessly integrating them into the brand’s iconic pleats.

A video accompanying the collection reveals the intricate making process, capturing the dialogue between Bouroullec’s drawings and the garment creation. This behind-the-scenes look showcases how the creative session fostered a new form of group participation. The translation of his vivid strokes into knitted fabrics, dynamic patterns, delicate embroidery, and organic silhouettes breathes life into the garments, enveloping the models in art.

 


To further celebrate this collaboration, special exhibitions showcasing the garments and drawings will be held in Japan. These exhibitions will be displayed at ISSEY MIYAKE GINZA|CUBE from 1 July to 28 August 2024, and at ISSEY MIYAKE SEMBA|CREATION SPACE from 1 July to 26 August 2024. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the harmonious blend of art and fashion.

The collaboration between Ronan Bouroullec and HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE challenges traditional boundaries and invites a new form of creative exploration. We encourage you to explore this remarkable collection and browse Ronan Bouroullec's drawings for the Wrong Shop here.

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Artist and designer Ronan Bouroullec is a powerhouse of design. Notable for his architectural interventions, experimental objects and colourful abstract forms. His work is held in coveted permanent collections and he has collaborated with iconic brands such as Vitra, Hay, Flos, and Kvadrat.
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