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2001/106/2 Outfit, 'A-POC Alien', womens, comprisng outfit, instructions, packaging and accessories, various materials, by Issey Miyake Inc, Tokyo, Japan, 1999. Click to enlarge.

'A-POC Alien' outfit by Issey Miyake

This example of Issey Miyake's work exemplifies his approach to clothing, combining a respect for tradition with technological experimentation. A-POC is a clothing innovation by Miyake and his design team at Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo. A-POC derives its name from a concept of Miyake's from the early 70s and is an abbreviation of 'a piece of cloth'. A-POC is a long tube of knitted cloth from which one can cut, without wasting any material, a variety of different clothes to suit the …


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Object Statement

Outfit, 'A-POC Alien', womens, comprisng outfit, instructions, packaging and accessories, various materials, by Issey Miyake Inc, Tokyo, Japan, 1999

Physical Description

Ensemble, instructions and packaging, A-POC, women's outfit including top, skirt, bra, underpants, socks, gloves, hat and bag, cotton / nylon / polyurethane, Issey Miyake Inc, Tokyo, Japan, 1999

Consists of a women's turquoise blue ensemble including a hat, long sleeved top, knee length skirt, bag, socks, gloves and underwear, all made from a stretch double knit fabric of 55% cotton, 42% nylon and 3% polyurethane. The garments are unsewn and unlined.

The top is a long-sleeved, tight-fitting piece with self patterned hounds-tooth design on the sleeves. It has a V-neck and short fringing at the neck, cuffs and hem.
The skirt is a tight-fitting, knee length skirt with self-patterned geometric designs at the knee and hips. There are two slit pockets at hip level and a short fringe at the waistband and hem.

The bra is a cropped top with a round neck at the front and V-neck at the back with a self-patterned geometric design at the centre front and along the back. There is short fringing around the neck and armholes.

The underpants are hipster style with a self-patterned diamond design at left and right front and on the back. There is a short fringe around the leg holes.

The socks are a pair of long socks with hounds-tooth design and cut-outs at the knees. They also have a short fringing at the cuffs and feet.

The gloves are a pair of short gloves with fishnet on the hands and fingers and short fringing at cuffs. The hat is close fitting with a self-patterned diamonds and stripes design and fringe at the hem.

The bag is a tote with two handles and ties at the top. There are self patterned diamonds on each side and short fringing along the bottom and around the opening.

The ensemble also comes with colour printed instructions in English and Japanese for cutting and wearing the A-POC garments on a long narrow rectangle of white paper. The ensemble is packaged in a brown cardboard tube with two silver metal lids.



A-POC was created by Issey Miyake and the Miyake Design Studio. Research was carried out by Miyake, Dai Fujiwara and Makiko Minagawa amongst others. This ensemble was made in Tokyo at the Miyake Design Studio. It was launched at the Miyake Spring-Summer 1999 show in Paris.

Miyake credits Fujiwara Toshio, a textile designer who has been with the Miyake Design Studio for 6 years, with much of the development of A-POC.(see Design for Living' The Weekend Australian, May 29-30, 1999). A-POC is produced using computer software linked to a basic knitting machine normally used for making hosiery.



The outfit was cut and worn at a function held in the Coles Theatre of the Powerhouse Museum on Wednesday 22 September 1999. The function was co-hosted by the Museum and Five Way Fusion, a fashion boutique in Paddington. The curator Louise Mitchell approached the owner of Five Way Fusion, Paul Jellard after an article appeared in The Weekend Australian (May 29-30 1999) about A-POC. Paul Jellard proposed donating A-POC clothing and presenting a demonstration on the cutting and wearing of A-POC based on the Miyake Spring-Summer 1999 show at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

The outfit was requested for the Museum by Paul Jellard. It was presented to the Museum at the A-POC function in September 1999.


Credit Line

Gift of Paul Jellard, 2001

Acquisition Date

28 October 2001

Cite this Object


'A-POC Alien' outfit by Issey Miyake 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <>


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