The Japanese fashion designer, whose career spanned more than half a century, has died at the age of 84, an employee at his Tokyo office told AFP on Tuesday.
“He died on the night of August 5,” said the employee, contacted by phone and who did not want to reveal her identity, without giving more details about Miyake’s death.
Miyake’s funeral had already been held with “only the presence of relatives”, in accordance with his wishes, and there are no plans for a public ceremony, he added.
The public network NHK and other Japanese media reported his death.
Miyake was part of a wave of young Japanese designers who made their mark in Paris in the mid-1970s.
He pioneered the use of comfortable high-tech clothing, eschewing the grandeur of haute couture in favor of what he called simply “making things.”
Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Miyake was seven years old when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on his city in August 1945.
He survived the explosion that left some 140,000 dead and opened the door to the conclusion of World War II, after another nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later.
He established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970 in Tokyo and soon after opened his first store in Paris.
By 1980, his career was in full swing and he began to experiment with materials such as plastic, metal, wire, and even Japanese craft paper.