blog | 27.02.2019
Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has been leading the charge towards genderless dressing since first launching his debut collection Y’s in Tokyo back in 1977.
An innovative concept that subsequently revolutionised the following decades to become an integral element within contemporary design and tailoring.
According to an article in the New York Times in 1983, Yamamoto achieved this vision by loosening both men and women’s silhouettes to offer a more fluid and minimalist approach to mainstream design.
His exploration of the relationship between masculinity and femininity plays out amongst his collections, through a sea of black with the occasional pop of colour.
A master in poetry and Avant Garde design, Yamamoto draws inspiration from what he considers as natural beauty and its embedded imperfections. His garments are designed to delicately drape over the body, covering almost all of it to emphasise his belief that a person doesn’t need to show skin to be considered beautiful.
Yamamoto once said he believes perfection is “ugly” and that he prefers to see “scars, failure, disorder and distortion.” A fan of the theatrics, this belief forms the very crux of his design aesthetic.
At the debut of his Spring Summer 2019 collection at Paris Fashion Week, “anti-models” slunk down the runway wearing dark red rings around their eyes and disinterested expressions upon their faces. The narrative a stark contrast among the usual slew of haute couture.
The collection is an assortment of ready-to-wear garments including trousers, shorts, shirts, blazers and coats, and features signature asymmetrical detailing, zip work and Japanese art illustrations.
Shop the Spring Summer 2019 collection in stores now.