Micro-pleats have been seen on the catwalks for Spring 2016 but that doesn’t mean that Issey Miyake is no longer ahead of things. The Japanese label which launched the Pleats Please line in 1993 has taken things in a different direction this season with its Baked Stretch collection.
In order to create the Baked Stretch effect, a special glue is applied to the cloth in specific areas after which the piece is baked in a machine. The glue expands as it is exposed to rising temperatures, resulting in micro-scale folds to form a pleated textile.
It'll be interesting to see how else Issey Miyake develops its pleating technologies further.