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Yohji Yamamoto

Updated: Jan 13

山本 耀司

Photographed by Neil Bedford, 2014

Yohji Yamamoto is widely regarded as ranking among the greatest fashion designers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Since the establishment of Y's Company Ltd. in 1972, Yohji Yamamoto continues to spread his revolutionary sphere of influence in fashion, driven by his rebellious spirit. He is one of the few in his profession who have successfully broken the boundaries between commodity and art, by creating clothing that ranges from basics like athletic shoes and denim jeans to couture-inspired gowns that are nothing short of malleable mobile sculptures. Lauded as a blend of master craftsman and philosophical dreamer, Yamamoto has balanced the seemingly incompatible extremes of fashion's competing scales.

Ever since the first presentation of his brand YOHJI YAMAMOTO in 1981 during Paris fashion week, each collection is greeted by the world with great uproar and applause. The designer entered into collaboration with adidas as Creative Director of Y-3 in 2002. He has also designed costumes in various fields, including films of directors Wim Wenders and Takeshi Kitano, opera by Wagner, and the performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal and choreographed by Pina Bausch.

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