Thursday, October 15, 2009

Designer: Yohji Yamamoto

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Yohji Yamamoto is considered one of the most creative minds in fashion.
His clothing has an austere, minimalist, unstructured, avant-garde style and his cutting edge designs often uses asymmetry, drapery and texture plays in somber colours especially black.

Seemingly anti-fashion, Yamamoto’s designs actually reflect the Japanese philosophy that irregularity is closer to nature and beauty is to be found in the textures of fabric rather than added embellishments. Yamamoto has largely eschewed prevailing fashion trends for timelessness and functionality.

He graduated from Keio University, Tokyo with a law degree in 1966 and completed his studies in fashion design at Bunka Fashion College in 1969. His flagship line, Y’s was started in Tokyo in the 70’s.

In 1982, Yamamoto made his international debut in Paris with Yohji Yamamoto for women. This was followed by the launch of Yohji Yamamoto pour Homme in 1984. Yamamoto has stores in Tokyo, Paris, London and New York.

His most famous collaboration was with Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garcons in the 80’s.

Right after the showing of his Spring 2010 collection in October 2009, Yohji Yamamoto Inc. filed for bankruptcy, a victim of deteriorating sales caused by the global economic downturn.

Yohji Yamamoto will continue to design for Y3 the sportwear line, a hugely successful collaboration with Adidas.

Awards Received:

Yamamoto has received numerous awards, including Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Award Tokyo (1982, 1991, 1997), Mainichi Fashion Award (1986, 1994), Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Master of Design (1999).

He is the only Japanese designer to receive the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (1994).

In 2004, he was awarded the Japanese Medal of Honour.
In 2005, he received the French National Order of Merit.
In 2006, he was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts.

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