Sunday, July 19, 2009

Issey Miyake Speaks About Hiroshima...

I came across this moving personal piece written by Issey Miyake for the New York Times. In this article, Issey addresses nuclear warfare and he speaks about his personal experience with the infamous Hiroshima bomb and how it affected and impacted his life...

On Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on my hometown, Hiroshima. I was there, and only 7 years old. When I close my eyes, I still see things no one should ever experience: a bright red light, the black cloud soon after, people running in every direction trying desperately to escape — I remember it all. Within three years, my mother died from radiation exposure.

I have never chosen to share my memories or thoughts of that day. I have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to put them behind me, preferring to think of things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy. I gravitated toward the field of clothing design, partly because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic.

I tried never to be defined by my past. I did not want to be labeled “the designer who survived the atomic bomb,” and therefore I have always avoided questions about Hiroshima. They made me uncomfortable...
(read the full article here)

Let's hope that this powerful personal recollection helps to open eyes, motivates action, and instigates change. Issey Miyake is definitely one of the most influential fashion designers of all time and his visions and life experience are truly inspirational on so many levels.

Issey Miyake

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