New Yohji Yamamoto Biography

Yohji Yamamoto

Belgian publisher Ludion is publishing a biography of Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.

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Belgian publisher Ludion is publishing a biography of Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto this October, entitled Yohji Yamamoto: My Dear Bomb.

Hilary Alexander, in an article in The Telegraph, calls it the first-ever published biography about his life. Perhaps she is not aware of Talking to Myself in which Yamamoto recounts the phases of his life.

Alexander introduces the book as follows:

The title, rather than being a reference to anything atomic, refers to the creative ‘bomb’ inside Yamamoto which explodes with extraordinary bursts of energy, at least four times a year in his catwalk shows in Paris, for his eponymous brand and for the Y-3 collection he does in conjunction with adidas.

If Yohji Yamamoto: My Dear Bomb lives up to its expectations, it could become a major event in Japanese fashion history, revealing new insights and understanding.

Born in Yokohama in 1943, Yamamoto is one of Japan’s most influential fashion designers. Interestingly, before he entered the fashion world he actually studied law at Tokyo’s Keio University. Only after graduating from Keio in 1966, did Yamamoto enter Bunka Fashion College and become a fashion designer.

His star rose to immense heights after his debut in Paris in 1981, when he and colleagues like Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) redefined what fashion meant. Over the years Yamamoto has collaborated with a who’s who in the fashion world like Adidas (Y-3), Hermès, Mikimoto as well as an endless list of well-known artists, including Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) and Sir Elton John.

Last year October, Yamamoto’s company filed for bankruptcy after aggressively expanding into US and European markets. It will be interesting to see if any thoughts, or new facts, about this difficult and unexpected part of his life will be included in the new biography.

Ludion’s introduction (see below) to Yohji Yamamoto – My Dear Bomb is a bit vague and sounds like it has been written by someone who hasn’t yet read the finished manuscript, only an outline. It also features some grammatical mistakes, which doesn’t bode well for the book:

A book [echoing] with his own voice, it will be a unique opportunity to discover his philosophy as a man as well as a fashion designer. In this book, his life will be unveiled in a radical and a deeper way than ever before, through a short fiction while himself being tossed by his muses.

Then a philosophical essay will follow, delving further into “the Japanese elements in Yohji Yamamoto,” which has never been deeply discussed.

Also based on his sincere wish to pass on to younger generations, he will give a rich description on his key savoir-faire through a glossary of his “technical language,” with his hand drawings especially done for this book.

The book will then close with a year to year biography accompanied by rare and personal imagery to give his vision of personal key moments.

This biography is a must to discover the Yohji Yamamoto world, or just for everyone that is fascinated by a fine hand and a strong constant and [rebellious] spirit. All in this book is done and chosen specially by Yohji Yamamoto himself to give the most intimate touch.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

すごい! I’m gonna have to at LEAST look at this book. Will major book stores carry it in the USA?

Lactose Intoler-Art
Jul 2, 2010 (4990 days ago)

@Lactose Intoler-Art: I understand that the book will be sold worldwide. Surprisingly, it is not listed on Amazon yet, though…

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 2, 2010 (4990 days ago)

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