Yohji Yamamoto

The inimitable work of the great Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is both a rigorous technical experiment and a solemn mirror of our postmodernity. Incorporating the disintegrating aesthetics of post-punk attire into an ever-expanding palette, Yamamoto made his career by experimenting relentlessly. The result was an originality that defied history—a collage of tattered cloth, pitch blackness, and the playful subversion of couture. Yamamoto’s first brand, Y’s, debuted in 1979 and lives on today as an affordable alternative to the sought-after Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme pieces with which his name has become synonymous.