UP CLOSE WITH
YOHJI YAMAMOTO

May 24 2012

The Japanese master talked exclusively to JOYCE.com about his personal and work life after the autumn/winter 2012 women’s wear show.


JOYCE was honoured to be granted a behind-the-scenes access at Yohji Yamamoto’s autumn/winter 2012 women’s wear show in Paris.  Known for his subtlety, both in his character and designs, we caught a glimpse of Mr. Yamamoto at work before the show, as he was busy making final adjustments on the models. He even took to the catwalk himself to demonstrate the “Yohji walk” to top models like Coco Rocha. 

“I’m a dressmaker,
not a fashion designer.”


Throughout his 40-year career, Yamamoto has gained respect, success and admiration for his deconstructed tailoring technique and intellectual style. In the interview, he said, “I’m a dressmaker, not a fashion designer.” Yamamoto is diligent, modest and thoughtful, much like his clothing.

Although the company’s finances have experienced ups and downs over the years, Mr. Yamamoto was in a happy place when we met. Last year, he held a much-anticipated and well-received first solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which reconfirmed his masterful tailoring techniques and avant- garde cool.  At 68, retiring is not an option because of his “laziness” (he does not know what to do after retirement),  instead he continues his legendary career, working hard and enjoying every minute of it.  Don’t let the darkness of the collection fool you – there’s a slightly mischievous and humorous side of Mr. Yamamoto.



Photos by Elise Toïdé