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Yohji Yamamoto

(b. 1943)


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(1943– )

Yamamoto clothing is often characterized by its use of washed, unironed fabrics, loose uncluttered forms, and dark colours. Its occasional combinations of Japanese and Western, traditional and contemporary references is characteristic of Postmodernist bricolage. After graduating in law from Keio University in Tokyo in 1966 Yamamoto studied for three years at the Fashion Culture Institute. In 1969 he won the Endo design prize, which took him to Paris where he worked for two years in the couture industry. Once back in Tokyo he established Y's ready‐to‐wear for women in 1972; Y's ready‐to‐wear for men was launched in 1977. He presented his first Yohji Yamamoto collection in Paris in 1981 and in 1984 his first Yohji Yamamoto pour Homme collection. Yohji Yamamoto+Noir was launched in 1995 and its clothing, as the name suggests, is largely black with splashes of bright colour.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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