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...Yohji Yamamoto was born in 1943 in Tokyo. He studied for a degree in law at Keio University before going to the Bunkafukuso Gakuin College of Fashion and graduating in 1969. Yohji Yamamoto Inc. was founded in 1972, and he started Y...
...Footage Referenced Issey Miyake, Spring/Summer 1999 Comme des Garçons, Spring/Summer 1991 Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 1992 Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1991 Yohji Yamamoto, Autumn/Winter 1996Introduction Three contemporary Japanese...

Comme des Garçons: Ex Oriente Lux

Barbara Vinken

Barbara Vinken is Professor of French Literature, University of Zurich. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashion Zeitgeist : Trends and Cycles in the Fashion System

Berg, 2005

Book chapter

...When Rei Kawakubo presented her first show in Paris in 1981 an outcry went through the international press, such as no other designer has elicited. The indignation responded to what was perceived as an attack on the idea of fashion...

Yohji Yamamoto (1943–)

Brenda Polan

Brenda Polan is a fashion writer, editor, lecturer and academic. She was formerly fashion editor and women’s page editor of The Guardian and has since written for all Britain’s major newspapers and many magazines. She was until recently Programme Director (Media) at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Tredre

Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Roger Tredre is Course Leader, MA Fashion Communication, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Prior to his academic career, he worked in newspaper fashion journalism and was the first Editor-in-Chief of WGSN, the online fashion trends and research business. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Great Fashion Designers : From Chanel to McQueen, the names that made fashion history

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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...There is often something uneasily disjointed about Yamamoto’s sombrely dramatic clothes.Yohji Yamamoto’s aim is to synthesise the traditional understated Japanese aesthetic – with its emphasis on simplicity and purity of response – and what...
...Yohji Yamamoto's Spring/Summer 1989 womenswear fashion show took place at Paris Fashion Week. The designer showcased his signature tailoring with a twist. Culottes replaced tailored pants and suit jackets featured side fastenings, short...
...Yohji Yamamoto’s Spring/Summer 1990 womenswear collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was dominated by Yamamoto’s signature use of black, the reworking of traditional Japanese and Asian silhouettes, and a focus...
...Yohji Yamamoto first appeared on the Parisian fashion scene in 1981; he challenged Parisian fashion at the time by designing garments that were voluminous and monochromatic. Utilitarian outfits, which are frequently referenced in Yamamoto's...
...Yohji Yamamoto's Spring/Summer 1992 womenswear collection was shown at Paris Fashion Week. Experimenting with cut and materials, the collection featured flared mid-length skirts, asymmetric jackets, and wrap dresses constructed in cotton...
...Yohji Yamamoto’s Autumn/Winter 1996 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The show encompassed Yamamoto’s signature master tailoring and was reflective of Japanese design aesthetic. It began with chunky knitted ankle-length cardigans...

Yamamoto, Yohji*

The Berg Companion to Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Yohji Yamamoto is widely regarded as ranking among the greatest fashion designers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He is one of the few in his profession who have successfully broken the boundaries between commodity...