Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto is one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years. He is a visionary designer who has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his avant-garde style.


May 12th 2016

The Tragedy That Shaped Yohji Yamamoto

“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time,” Yohji yamamoto has said in the past. “Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’” This is an interesting assertion from the designer – revealing a little into his affinity for its usage. Yohji…

December 3rd 2015

Yohji Yamamoto: A Kind of Woman

“The only moment I am really happy is during fittings,” says Yohji Yamamoto, who today shows his latest womenswear collection at the Pompidou for Paris Fashion Week. “An emotion comes out. It’s the only reason I can continue to make clothing.” In this film by Matthew Donaldson the Japanese designer explains how he fell into his career almost…

June 29th 2015

Experimentation & Beauty From the Menswear Runways

From candy floss headpieces to over exaggerated eyebrows, we look at some of the ways designers have experimented with beautification during last week’s Spring Summer 2016 runway shows. 1.  Julien David’s sheer veils emblazoned with fluid line drawings of facial features. 2.  Haider Ackermann’s exaggerated bushy brows that were amplified with bold, hairlike strokes. 3. Rick Owens’…

April 18th 2014

Inside The Head Of Yohji Yamamoto

It’s more than 30 years since Yohji Yamamoto debuted his eponymous line in Paris and turned fashion upside-down with his voluminous, deconstructed tailoring and dark poetry, but the enigmatic Japanese designer continues to amaze and surprise. Yamamoto recently designed a skateboard that used profile x-rays of his own skull, which were then traced meticulously by…

March 11th 2014

Yohji Yamamoto Paris Fashion Week & Marais Showroom

Last week we visited the Yohji Yamamoto showroom in the Marais district of Paris. The showroom featured a number of knitted textiles, oversized coats and illustrated prints all of which which figured heavily in Yamamoto’s Autumn Winter 14/15 collection. Yohji Yamamoto is exclusive to 4 and will be available in store and online very soon.

February 18th 2014

Designer Profile: Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto first announced himself to the fashion world in Paris in 1981 with a womenswear collection that ran counter to everything that was popular at the time. It was a collection of darkness and asymmetry, combining imperfection and incompleteness with a gentle, brooding elegance. Yamamoto and his fellow Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo’s deconstructivist approach…

March 29th 2011

Yohji Yamamoto At The Wapping Project In London

Yohji Yamamoto Making Waves. London is going Yamamoto with no less than three exhibitions featuring his work. the blockbuster show is at The V&A Museum but the buzz resides atThe  Wapping Project in London where we hear great things of this fantastic installation.  It’s worth the seek out for the book store there alone. The project…

March 18th 2011

Yohji Yamamoto Retrospective At The V&A In London

Yohji Yamamoto has become synonymous with an unconventional approach to fashion, one that usually involves the skillful use of the color black and extreme proportions, while also managing to inspire emotion. His new retrospective at the Victoria & Albert museum in London marks nearly 40 years since Yohji set up his first women’s ready-to-wear label,…

December 15th 2010

Future Beauty: 30 Years Of Japanese Fashion At Barbican Art Gallery, London

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first exhibition in Europe to comprehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to the present, held at Barbican ArtGallery in London. Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late 20th century and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei…

December 13th 2010

The History Of Contemporary Art Fashion Vol. 2 In Paris

The museum Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris is exhibiting “The History of Contemporary Art Fashion vol. 2 1990 & 2000 until May 2011. One hundred and fifty designs were selected from the most emblematic collections of the decade 1990-2000 which includes: Azzedine Alaïa, Chanel par Karl Laggerfeld, Hussein Chalayan, Junya Watanabe, Lanvin par Alber Elbaz,…

April 20th 2010

'Histoire idéale de la mode contemporaine' vol.I: 70s-80s, Paris

A dazzling collection of some of the finest fashion shown over the last forty years is frankly not to be missed.   Les Arts Décoratifs museum has orchestrated an elaborate exhibition intended to celebrate and retrace the history of contemporary Parisian fashion. By assembling superstars like Yohji Yamamoto and Christian Lacroix, as well as such unsung heroes as Jean Muir and Marc Audibet, curator…