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Yamamoto’s World

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© YAMAMOTO & YOHJI, Rizzoli New York, 2014.

There are many fashion designers who impact the way we dress, sometimes even the way we live. And then there are those handful of designers who make us question the very notion of fashion. Yohji Yamamoto is one of them.

yohji yamamoto backstage spring 1992

A new book out this month from Rizzoli, “Yamamoto & Yohji,” turns the spotlight on this Japanese provocateur who forever changed the world of fashion. Always on the cutting edge, Yamamoto has pushed boundaries since the 1980s with his transformative tailoring and unapologetically minimalist aesthetic.

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According to Yamamoto, “In my philosophy, the word androgyny doesn’t have any meaning. I think there is no difference between men and women. We are different in body, but sense, spirit and soul are the same.” His take on androgyny—or the nonexistence of it—is one of the concepts explored in this book. The 400-plus-page tome is filled with quotes like this one—more philosophy than musings.

yamamoto yohji fashion book

With contributions by Wim Wenders, Jean Nouvel, Charlotte Rampling, Takeshi Kitano and others, we peer into the life of Yamamoto by revisiting his brands, as captured by some of the industry’s most talented lensmen— Craig McDean, Inez & Vinoodh, Max Vadukul and Nick Knight—as well as some candid stories from his most celebrated collaborations in architecture, theater and literature.

yohji women exhibition photograph

From his visionary philosophy to his captivating runway shows, one-of-a-kind costume design to unforgettable scenography and inspirational exhibitions, this epic story unfolds with more than 600 images, each more bold than the last.

bright image yamamoto yohji

Though we must admit, some of our favorite moments in this book are the ones that capture the energy behind the scenes at runway shows, and document the process from invitation to post-show embrace.


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