Issey Miyake's New Knitwear Range Embodies the Seeds of Change
Inspired by the wild nature and beauty of plants.
Issey Miyake‘s Fall/Winter 2022 collection takes inspiration from the wild nature of plants and the beauty of their forms.
Titled “RHIZOME,” the new collection boasts a range of seamless knitwear, inspired by the way that roots and stems grow freely in multiple directions. Each garment is knitted with woollen yarn, boasting a lightweight and airy finish — much like the plants it takes inspiration from. Offering multiple ways of wearing, the garments feature “root-like” pieces that can be wrapped around the wearer’s waist or neck.
Captured by London-based artist, photographer and filmmaker Marcus Tomlinson, the campaign, dubbed “Sow It and Let It Grow,” explores the journey of a seed, from germination to sprouting out of the earth. Referencing this growth, the collection features irregular silhouettes, vivid uses of color and a variety of textures.
“Rhizome, what a beautiful idea for a collection. When ISSEY MIYAKE approached me to do the campaign I was truly excited. I wanted to make a film that would enhance the garments through contemporary dancers. We developed a story that starts with the dancers joined together asleep. As the dancers awake and peel away, they run to the forest leaving a brightly coloured single Rhizome [represented by a female dancer]. She awakes, she’s alone! As the dancers perform in the forest the Rhizome in the field calls the others back, she needs the others to be a complete Rhizome,” explains Marcus Tomlinson in a press release.
Take a look at the campaign above.
While you’re here, check out the debut knitwear collection from emerging London label Octavia Banks.