Of woman, Yohji Yamamoto says that “the more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.” Not only a poetic sentiment, but a unique one: unlike the majority of designers who do womenswear, Yamamoto believes in using clothing to hide a woman’s body. To “protect” her sexuality. His view of seduction via androgyny is certainly expressed through his clothing; as is his view of the true spirit of the avant-garde, of rebellion, of staying steadfast in the face of the trend towards fast fashion.
In an interview for The Talks, Yamamoto discusses these views and more, giving an understanding both of the man himself and his connection to his Japanese heritage.
Yohji Yamamoto by Nicolas Guerin
Read the full interview over at The Talks.