Yohji Yamamoto's distinguished career, spanning five decades, has marked him out as one of the most consistently innovative international fashion designers. After graduating from Bunkafukuso Gakuin school of fashion in 1969, he went on to present his first womenswear collections in Tokyo, Paris and New York in 1977, and his first menswear collection in Paris, 1984. Renowned for the simple appearance of his designs, coupled with the sophistication of their construction, Yohji has accrued numerous awards. In addition to designing for his own mainline collections and his additional line, Y's, Yohji has collaborated with a diverse range of creatives from filmmakers Wim Wenders and Takeshi Kitano to the Opera de Lyon, the Wagner Opera, the Kanagawa Art Festival Opera, the Pina Bausch Company and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Selected Projects

  • Designed costumes for Takeshi Kitano's film 'Brother', 2000
  • Designed costumes for Ryuichi Sakamoto's production of 'Life', 1999
  • Contributed to the 25th anniversary of the Pina Bausch Company in Wuppertal, 1998
  • Designed costumes for the Wagner Opera's production of 'Tristan and Isolde' in Bayreuth, 1993
  • Designed costumes for the Opera de Lyon's production of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly', 1990
  • Collaborated on Wim Wenders' film 'Notebook on Cities and Clothes', 1989

Selected Awards

  • International Award, 18th Annual Council of Fashion Designers of America, 1999
  • Arte e Moda Award, Pitti Immagine, Florence, 1998
  • Designers Award, 40th Fashion Editors Club, 1997
  • Chevailer de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture, 1994
  • Designers Award, 35th Fashion Editors Club, 1991
  • 4th Mainichi Fashion Award, 1986

Selected Publications

  • Baudot, Francoise. 'Yohji Yamamoto (Memoirs)'. Thames and Hudson, 2005
  • Knight, Nick and Lindbergh, Peter Ed. Sozzani, Carla. 'Yohji Yamamoto: Talking to Myself'. Steidl, Nov 2002
  • Yamamoto Yohji. 'Yohji Yamamoto: Rewind/Forward: 238 Fashion Pictures, 1995-2000'. Zoo, 2000


Photo: Koichi Inakoshi





  1. 18:00 - 19:00 on 28 Sep 2018
    Yohji Yamamoto presents a live stream.

    Yohji Yamamoto S/S 19 Womenswear Show

  2. 17:30 - 18:20 on 19 Jan 2017
    Yohji Yamamoto presents a live stream.

    Paris Menswear A/W 17 Yohji Yamamoto

  3. 8 Sep 2011
    Yohji Yamamoto features in a project.

    In Conversation

  4. 5 Dec 2008
    Yohji Yamamoto features in a project.

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