About Yohji Yamamoto
Famous for his Avant Garde style, Yohji Yamamoto’s rebellious spirit shines through in his oversized silhouettes and drapery in varying textures. The designer was born in Tokyo and graduated with a law degree from Keio University in 1966. Despite his illustrious background, it was his mother who was a dressmaker that became a major influence in his life.
Upon graduating university, Yohji’s mother allowed him to help with her shop and motivated him to enroll at Bunka Fashion College – a school that has yielded famous designers like Junya Watanabe and Kenzo Takada.
Following his fashion education, he got a prize to go to Paris for a year. Although this was an amazing opportunity, it was in his home country where he discovered his unique style. He started a ready-to-wear company and his pieces were noticed by illustrious buyers in major cities. This encouraged him to go back to the European fashion capital in the 1980s to open his shop. Since then, the famous designer has acquired a global following.
He boasts high profile collaborations under his belt such as Adidas, Tina Turner, Mikimoto, Hermes, and even Sir Elton John.