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is an unique voice in the fashion chorus –
consistent, eloquent, recognisable
Three years after completing his studies in law,
Mr. Yamamoto made the radical decision to embark
on a career in fashion design –
attending the prestigious Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo.
He graduated in 1969;
started his design career in 1977;
and presented his first womenswear collection
during Paris Fashion Week, 1981.
In 1984, he launched his menswear collection.
Currently, he designs for his three labels:
Y’s – the original line
Yohji Yamamoto – the higher priced pieces
Y-3 – the collaboration with Adidas sports wear.
The dramatic career shift from law to design
has proven a successful course.
His Design Philosophy
Mr. Yamamoto has remained true to his aesthetics of
black as signature hue, with minimal injection of colour.
Yet his is not a sombre oeuvre, but is curiously
joyful, light, graceful.
Emphasis is directed to the visual created by
movement of body and movement of clothes.
Inspired by native Japanese attire and beautifully crafted
a Yamamoto creation is
Thirty years in design and
Mr. Yamamoto remains excited, energised by his work.
His enthusiasm is contagious,
for his daughter Limi Yamamoto
is too a designer, who creates under the name
The models had white dusting on long braids and unkempt beards:
a sentiment of time passage;
nature left undisturbed to progress along its intended course?
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