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Issey Miyake founded his Design Studio in Tokyo 1971. Miyake's skill with fabric is rooted in his knowledge of traditional Japanese fabrics and fabric-production techniques. Combined with Miyake's sophisticated colour sense, the effect of all this sensuous texture was completely fresh. Textured fabrics, when employed by other designers, tend to be conventionally rich. Even when used in fresh unexpected ways other designers cannot compete with the fabrics Miyake has developed, which respond well to being intricately cut, seamed, darted and fitted.