Designer Profile – Yohji Yamamoto

Art & Lit Fashion

Who?
Born in 1943 in Tokyo, Yamamoto is a well-established mens- and womenswear designer who has become renowned for his avant-garde approach to fashion. Yamamoto presented his first collection in 1977 in Tokyo; through the 1980s and 1990s, as he became internationally acclaimed, he went on to present collections in Paris and New York and opened his main boutique shop in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. He is currently the focus of an exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which runs until July 10, 2011.

Key Design Features
– unusual silhouettes
– black
– embroidery and other intricate details
– Japanese dying techniques (Shibori and Yuzen)
– discretion
– masculine tailoring

Musical Equivalent
Akira Kosemura via Gold Panda

High-Street Equivalent
French Connection/All Saints

He says…
“Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance. Fashion has no time… [Fashion] is constantly concerned with finding out: What will come next? It is more about helping women to suffer less, to attain more freedom and independence.”

We say…
Yohji Yamamoto’s clothing strikes the balance between opulence and minimalism, blending the gothic and the understated.  (Also, any menswear collection which includes powdered wigs is good in our books.)