|Yohji Yamamoto Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||October 3, 1943|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Yohji Yamamoto is a Japanese fashion designer, guitarist, and actor. He is best known as the founder of fashion clothing lines, Y, which debuted in 1977, Yohji Yamamoto, which debuted in 1981, and Y-3, which debuted in 2003. Yohji is widely recognized for his avant-garde tailoring with Japanese design aesthetics, typically far removed from current fashion trends.
山本 耀司/Yamamoto Yōji
- Tokyo, Japan
- Paris, France
At the age of 12, his mother transferred him from a public school to the French Catholic school, Ecole de L’Etoile du Matin (School of the Morning Star) in Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan.
Yohji earned his law degree from Keio University in Minato, Tokyo, Japan in 1966. He then enrolled in Bunka Fashion College in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, and earned a degree in fashion design in 1969.
Fashion Designer, Actor, Guitarist
- Father – Fumio Yamamoto (He worked in the restaurant business)
- Mother – Fumi Yamamoto (Dressmaker)
- Siblings – None
Yohji Yamamoto is represented by Yohji Yamamoto Inc. (Company) in Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France.
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Yohji Yamamoto never mentioned the name of his significant other. He has 2 sons, one of whom is named Yuji Yamamoto. Yohji also has a daughter named Limi Feu, who is also a fashion designer.
Race / Ethnicity
- Thick eyebrows
- Downturned eyes
Yohji Yamamoto has endorsed/collaborated with brands such as –
- Mandarina Duck
- New Era Cap
- Adidas x Y-3
He has established the Yohji Yamamoto Fund for Peace in 2008.
Yohji Yamamoto Facts
- He never found out what happened to his father. He was drafted into the Imperial service to fight against the Allies in World War II.
- Officially, his father “died in the line of duty during fierce fighting in the mountainous region east of Baguio, Philippines.” His mom held a funeral, despite never having any remains to bury.
- Yohji credits the traumatic experience of growing up as the only son of a war widow for allowing him to see society through women’s eyes, thus allowing him to become a successful designer.
- His mom was initially angry when Yohji told her he wanted to hang his law degree and help her with dressmaking. She finally agreed but under the condition that he earn a degree from a dressmaking school, which he did in 1969.
- He can play the guitar.
- The inspiration for his 1st collection, Y, came from a desire to make men’s clothes for women. It all started with the idea of creating a woman’s coat that would “protect the woman’s body from something – maybe from men’s eyes or a cold wind.”
- Most of his collections are made in black. He described the color as “lazy and easy, but mysterious.” According to him, black also says “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.” His love for black clothing stems from watching his mother wear black mourning clothes.
- In 2007, the sales of his lines, Y and Yohji Yamamoto, were making more than $100 million annually.
- His brand went $65 million in debt in 2009. Integral Corp, a private equity firm, was called to handle the restructuring but he was forced to give up ownership. By November 2010, his brand was out of debt completely and he “felt relieved of a heavy burden.”
- Yohji stated that he cannot imagine himself retired as he has such a deep love for fashion design.
- He has released a line of fragrances, simply named Yohji Yamamoto Parfums.
- He never liked the concept of accessories and “couldn’t understand how people bore to have things around their wrists and necks.”
- The footwear he designs is predominantly flat and always focuses on function over form.
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