A pleat is simply a fold – until now, that is. Pleats take on a life of their own as Thomas Traum explores Homme Plissé Issey Miyake’s SS16 collection, which twists the material into a magical form. Commissioned by online retailer SSENSE, the film uses CGI technology to reflect the depth and complexity of the humble pleat, which is at the core of the Issey Miyake label.

Inspired by Irving Penn’s work for Issey Miyake from the 1980s, Thomas Traum propels the collection into the future with the intense metallic tones and haunting background music. Yet at the same time, the pleats maintain an unusually natural feel in all their supple, shapeshifting motions, like a mysterious creature lurking in the depths of the ocean. Check out the video below and lose yourself in the many layers of Issey Miyake’s iconic pleats.

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