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Designer par excellence with a unique personality, Yohji Yamamoto is renowned for his rigorously tailored silhouettes. He has honed his expertise since childhood, raised in Japan by his mother, a dressmaker and a war widow. Now considered to be one of the greatest designers of the decade, Yohji Yamamoto took some time to find his calling. He started off studying law at Keio University, then switched to join the creative branch at Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. His internship in the Lelong workshops in Paris would solidify his desire to continue working in fashion-- but with a style of his own, that transcends genders, eras and trends.
While 1971 marked the year that the Yohji Yamamato brand was launched, in 1977 the designer unveiled his Y's line in Tokyo. With loose silhouettes and a dark colour palette (a signature of the label), it was a revolutionary aesthetic at the time. In 1981, Yohji Yamamoto made his debut in Paris, with a runway show on the Cour Carrée at the Louvre. A year later, it's New York Fashion Week that had the honour of hosting the Japanese designer. While in a relationship with Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, the duo were at the forefront of the deconstructed movement and put on fashion shows tinged with a contemplative melancholy. This led to Yohji Yamamoto being named Best International Designer by the CFDA in 1999, making him highly sought after. He collaborated with adidas Y-3 and Dr Martens and created stage costumes for Sir Elton John.
Nicknamed 'Hiroshima chic' but equally 'the genius of the Rising Sun', each season Yohji Yamamoto releases uncluttered collections where the body is evoked as much as it is unveiled. A perfectionist, he attentively selects fabrics and textiles and notably uses a family-owned workshop in Kyoto that works with artisanal silk-weaving methods, a material of cultural importance in Japan. In his staunch non-conformist fashion, his new collection features flowing cuts with floaty movement, playing with volume and abstract designs--all on a black background, of course.

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