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Walked into one of the Issey Miyake shops on Omotesando yesterday afternoon and walked out with a piece of origami. The 1325 Collection is kind of boggling, because all the skirts and pants etc. fold down to beautiful flat pieces of geometry. The summer offerings are all made of precisely folded gray and black and white fabric, with metallic ink screened on when each piece is folded down flat. When they’re worn, though, what looks like a big swath of bling turns out to be little points of sparkle tucked randomly into corners.

As an added bonus, the whole collection is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Stateside, the 1325 Collection is sold at the Tribeca Issey Miyake store in New York (119 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10013, Tel. 212.226.0100)

Jonelle Patrick is the author of  novels set in Tokyo

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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  1. Absolutely fantastic design on that dress. But do you have a pair of origami earrings to go with it? (Haha, ok this may be a shameless plug, but seriously, custom origami earrings is something we already do!)

    -Kyle (SCJC origami guy)

    • I see from your blog that you’re an origami/math guy, a combination I’ve discovered since posting that picture. I’ve known for a long time about the connection between math ability and musical ability, but this connection to folded paper (or I guess you could call it folded planes) is new and interesting to me. Am wondering, do people who are gifted at origami excel in a different area of mathematics than people who are gifted at music?

      • Well, origami is most associated with geometry, along with other fields that involve stuff folding up: like robotic arm motion and protein folding. One of the more famous origami designers actually helped to make a giant fold-up lens for a space telescope!:

        Music generally deals more with ratios and oscillations (sound). Pythagoras felt that geometry and ratios went hand-in-hand, though most modern math describing sound waves is very heavy on equations. So, if I were to guess, origami/math people would almost always be very good at geometry, whereas music/math people would probably be more of a mix between people good with geometry and people good with equations.

        Now, some recent work on music has revealed that there is quite a bit of geometry hidden in music! So who knows, maybe in the future more music/math people will be very good with geometry:

  2. @Kyle, thanks for the pointers and commentary! That last piece about representing music as geometric forms was especially interesting to me because although I enjoy music a lot, the structure my musically adept friends can hear as plain as day has always eluded me.

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