Critically acclaimed and mega-popular Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake certainly hasn't had the easiest of lives. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 22nd of April 1938, he grew up to see his home destroyed during the Allied bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Miyake survived the blast, and continued his schooling as his hometown was gradually rebuilt after the war.
That experience forged a remarkably distaste for violence in Miyake, one that was cemented after his mother died three years later due to radiation poisoning from the bombing. Miyake soon moved to Tokyo to begin studying graphic design, building his passion for innovative, technology-inspired fashion during the same time period.
After graduation, he moved abroad, working for the industry's biggest names in cities like Paris and New York. Miyake was a good assistant to many of fashion's at-the-time biggest icons, working as a relatively introspective outsider while picking up the skills of the trade. In 1970, after helping others for six years, he returned to Japan seeking a more ambitious opportunity in the fashion world.