The charismatic and mysterious Yohji Yamamoto, the Japanese designer who is both underground enigma and high-fashion legend, is allowing the first-ever authorized account of his life to be published. But don’t expect a chronological retrospective (he hates the word almost as much as he does “trend”) that factually traces his life from law student to avant-garde icon. Instead, My Dear Bomb (a reference to the creative “bomb” inside his soul) will feature, as per a press release, “short fiction mostly based on live voice, accompanied by some vivid flashbacks of his key moments,” the visionary explosions of energy that have revolutionized the fashion world.
After graduating with a degree in law from Keio in 1966, he studied fashion design at Bunka Fashion College and went on to launch his own brand. He made his Paris debut in 1981, and since then, he’s been producing intellectual, conceptual fashion that skillfully balances the naïvely playful and the dark—whether it’s for his eponymous line, collaborations with Mikimoto or Hermès, or his wildly popular Y-3 line for Adidas.
Above and beyond his technical achievements, he’s a rare breed in the fashion industry—a plain ol’ nice guy. The Daily Telegraph writes that “on more than one occasion, during the freezing conditions which wrap Paris in an icy blanket during the March prêt-à-porter season, [he provided] ‘survival’ blankets or rugs for his shivering audience.”
Read about this and other fascinating, whimsical vignettes when Ludion publishes My Dear Bomb in October.
(via Lookbooks.com blog)