Revisiting the iconic Issey Miyake aviator jacket worn by tastemakers

The passing of Issey Miyake earlier this month was felt in the fashion world, remembered as a visionary fashion designer and a trailblazer for Japanese designers on the world stage. Though best remembered for crafting the black turtleneck sweaters Steve Jobs wore every day, an unlikely bomber jacket created by Issey Miyake more than two decades ago is poised to become cult among fashion insiders.

The jacket in question was part of Miyake’s Fall/Winter 1996 collection and was completely ahead of its time, sporting an aggressive utilitarian look thanks to the many modular pockets found throughout the jacket. In a time when technical outerwear has become ubiquitous thanks to Arc’teryx and Patagonia, Miyake’s Bomber Parachute Cargo Jacket MA-1 is perfectly fashionable, but before the turn of the millennium it was a really inspired jacket. pattern.

While the jacket made its catwalk debut in ’96 in Paris, it was the following year on a red carpet that the jacket first touched mainstream collective consciousness on the shoulders of the one and only Robin Williams. The actor attended the premiere of the sci-fi comedy Flubberand decided to wear technical clothing to protect against the cold temperature, thus consolidating itself as an unlikely style icon and elevating Miyake to connoisseurs.



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The garment is based on a classic military-style MA-1 jacket but has been carefully refined by Miyake with a more boxer fit and a number of chest and sleeve pockets, as well as an oversized pocket on the back of Jacket. While the Japanese designer was best known for his penchant for pleated fabrics, his signature tailoring techniques and his diverse color palette, this jacket is particularly special as it demonstrates the impressive breadth of Miyake’s career in fashion, encompassing countless incongruities from one collection to another.

Luckily, Miyake’s Parachute Cargo MA-1 Bomber Jacket has been recognized by several fashion designers for its fashion-forward look, not only spotted on the shoulders of Robin Williams, but also worn by Playboi Carti in his Magnolia music video and by Kendall Jenner at Zane Hijazi’s birthday party. The Water from Issey the scent might still form the basis of the Issey Miyake legacy in the future, but for those with slightly more developed taste than your average street punter, there will always be his bomber jacket.

Revisiting the iconic Issey Miyake aviator jacket worn by tastemakers
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Issey Miyake Bomber Jacket
Revisiting the iconic Issey Miyake aviator jacket worn by tastemakers