Fashion & Beauty

Yamamoto & Yohji

Since the early ’80s, Yohji Yamamoto’s groundbreaking silhouettes and innovative design aesthetic have propelled him to the highest rank of the international avant-garde.  Distinguished by his anti-fashion approach, Yamamoto changed the face of contemporary fashion, radically transforming it with asymmetrical and highly conceptual designs partly inspired by the techniques of traditional Japanese kimonos. His vision came as a refreshing contrast to the power suits and brightly clad fashions of the time, forcing a reconsideration of the future direction of fashion. In YAMAMOTO & YOHJI, this luxuriously bound book explores all the major themes in his forty years of counter-fashion design showing for the very first time his work not only on the Yamamoto brands but as well on his brand Y’s and these various collaborations in architecture, movies, plays, literature.
Illustrated with photographs by Craig McDean, Inez & Vinoodh, Max Vadukul and Nick Knight, each chapter elaborates on a particular theme—his sartorial philosophy, influential extensions into scenography, runway shows, monographic exhibitions, and costume design—and is anchored by an essay or interview that lends crucial insight to the story of Yohji Yamamoto, one of the most enigmatic and iconoclastic fashion designers of our time.

About The Author

Wim Wenders is a filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer. Jean Nouvel is a French architect. Charlotte Rampling is an English actress. Takeshi Kitano is a filmmaker, singer, actor, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and video game designer.

  • Publish Date: November 11, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 13
  • Pages: 428
  • US Price: $115.00
  • CDN Price: $115.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4354-1


“Menswear, shops, exhibitions, films, and an on-going collaboration with Adidas—all stamped with his deeply personal style and perspective…now—as a solid document to his limitless creativity and carefully-considered thought-process—Rizzoli has released a book…the 400-plus page tome explores the various themes which have shaped and influenced the designer over the forty years since his inaugural show. Including photographs of his most unforgettable looks by Inez and Vinoodh, Craig McDean, Nick Knight, and more, along with essays and interviews…the book confirms what we have known all along—Yohji is one of the most hard-working and inspirational men that we have had the pleasure to know.” –

“The book provides a comprehensive view of Yamamoto’s work…Hopefully, this book will serve as a reminder of the rich history that one of the most talented fashion designers has bequeathed to us.” –Hint Fashion Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Jean Nouvel