Issey Miyake’s Floating dresses made a splash in Paris fashion week

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Issey Miyake's Floating dresses made a splash in Paris fashion week
Issey Miyake's Floating dresses made a splash in Paris fashion week

What says Paris Fashion Week better than a flurry of dresses gliding down from the roof and sliding onto the bodies of waiting models?

One of the key highlights of Paris Fashion Week was the unveiling of the Issey Miyake SS 2020 collection, which showed off the vision from the Japanese fashion house’s new designer Satoshi Kondo.

Japanese brand Issey Miyake is already known for its cutting-edge innovations in fashion, but now the label has also taken fashion shows to otherworldly levels. Displaying its 2020 Spring/Summer collection during its Paris Fashion Week show, dresses floated down onto models wearing skin-colored undergarments, clothing them in one swift motion. The Insider also reported that the brand used pulley systems in order to pull off the surreal effect. Think Alice in Wonderland meets luxury.


In the Paris Fashion Week debut of Satoshi Kondo, the new head designer of Japanese label Issey Miyake, dresses floated down from the ceilings and models twirled like ballerinas. The stunningly dreamlike show subsequently captured the attention (and virality) of the Internet.

After the models successfully got dressed via pulley systems, the music abruptly changed from an ethereal cathedral/electronic mix to a pop instrumental, which the models began jumping up and down to in order to show off just how bouncy the latest Issey Miyake creations are. In another video, performers continued to defy physics, twirling on one foot while seemingly being propped up by thin strings.

While parts of the collection were revealed with models on electrically powered skateboards and others with fringed outfits that welcomed plenty of movement, the most talked-about part of the runway show began with three models taking the stage in nothing but flesh-toned undergarments. From there, three transparent hoop-stretched dresses and hats landed on the models, who had their arms outstretched and began to bounce up and down once dressed, showing off the springy nature of the striped dresses.

The enchanting show and the Spring/Summer 2020 collection was the first for Satoshi Kondo, the new head designer of the Japanese brand. Kondo succeeded Yoshiyuki Miyamae, Issey Miyake’s prior creative head, according to the Business of Fashion.

Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

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