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Famed for his abstract silhouettes, flat shoes and unswerving loyalty to the colour black, Yohji Yamamoto is one of the most influential designers working today. After giving up the idea of becoming a lawyer, Japanese-born Yamamoto finally found his calling in fashion. Two years after graduating from the Bunka Fashion College, Yohji set up his own label and held his first show in 1977. By the time he had made his Paris debut in 1981, along with his girlfriend at the time, Rei Kawakubo, his label was already a commercial success back in Japan. Yohji sent out models wearing white make-up and asymmetric black clothing, and the establishment dubbed his look ‘Hiroshima Chic’ and were soon drawn into his breathtaking romance. He now has a groundbreaking collaboration with adidas (Y-3), five fragrances, casual collections, Y's for women and a designer monograph edited by i-D and published by Taschen. If he wasn’t a designer, Yohji would either be a painter or a writer. He loves pickles (the Japanese variety only), any film by Ozu, and he’s also got a black belt in karate, so no messin’. 

Secret obsession? People may know that when I am making clothes, I pay much attention to the back. Actually, I also focus on the shape of the waist and hips.
Favourite record? I love Bob Dylan’s records.
Favourite place? Kyoto, Paris and the seaside.


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