Yohji Yamamoto embodies a swirling mass of contradictions — a little-known legend, a high-fashion mass-market genius, a trained lawyer who became a designer. So it’s fitting that the first authorized biography of his life wouldn’t be a chronological recounting of his life and influences. That would be too boring.
Instead, the book recounting the 67-year-old Japanese designer’s life will feature “short fiction mostly based on live voice, accompanied by some vivid flashbacks of his key moments.” Entitled My Dear Bomb, the book will focus on the explosion of creativity that allows Yamamoto to create multiple collections for different brands every year.
Yamamoto has been producing highly intellectual and playfully dark clothing since the early 80s, and he’s partnered with brands from Mikimoto to Hermes. His Y-3 line for Adidas has been internationally recognized and worn for years.
And his personality is as multifaceted as his clothing, which tends to be more conceptual and thought provoking than most other designer’s garments. On top of which, The Daily Telelgraph reports, he’s just a really nice, interesting guy:
There can be few – if, indeed, any – who have strummed and sung the music ‘live’ to their own fashion show, something which the designer, a rock ‘n’ roll addict, with, at one time at least, his own band, in Tokyo, has done. He’s also something of a martial arts expert, with his own ‘dojo’ at his Tokyo home … He is also extremely thoughtful – on more than one occasion, during the freezing conditions which wrap Paris in an icy blanket during the March prêt-à-porter season, providing ‘survival’ blankets or rugs, for his shivering audience.
Ludion will publish the book in October — and we can’t wait to get our hands on a copy.