“My role in all of this is very simple. I make clothing like armor. My clothing protects you from unwelcome eyes.”- Yohji Yamamoto. Coming from the country which has futuristic technology to mouth drooling gourmet cuisine, this fashion designer has been known throughout the country for his artistic attire.
Yohji is a magician who makes something unbelievable with his skill from Avant-grande tailoring and craftsmanship. He has been rocking the fashion industry with his peculiar design since the day of his arrival. Before heading to the article, here are some new details you might not know about a man who has always had stars in his eyes and his eyes on the stars.
Yohji Yamamoto Early Life and Education
As mentioned above, this designer is Japanese by nationality and comes from an Asian ethnicity. He was born in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo. Mother Fumi Yamamoto raised this handsome while his father’s name and whereabouts are still in the dark. Similar is the case with his beloved siblings; there is no information even if he has one.
Since his childhood, Yamamoto was a bright kid. He enrolled in Keio University, majoring in Law. Eventually, in 1966, he received his Law degree and graduated from there. But life had a different plan for him. So Yohji was keen on fashion designing and went to Bunka Fashion College in 1969.
How Old Is Yohji Yamamoto?- Age, Height, and Measurements
This fantastic fashion designer was born in the year of 1943. As of now, he is 75 years old and falls under the sun sign of Libra. Just like his sign suggests, this designer is talented, creative, and passionate. He celebrates his birthday each year on the 3rd of October, 1943.
This handsome stands tall at a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.77m). He weighs about 152 pounds, which translates to 69 kg. Being a fashion designer, Yohji hardly makes an appearance in the media. But when he comes out, Yamamoto mostly appears in black apparel.
A short black hair and a pair of mesmerizing black eyes are what makes him distinctive. Even more, there is a slight hint of a black beard in his face. Despite being in the 70s, Yohji has maintained his body quite well.
Yohji Yamamoto Y’s Collection- Professional Career
Thanks to her beloved mother, Yohji was introduced to designing and tailoring. When he was assisting his mother, he learned about stitching and necessary tailoring skills. That motivated this persona to pursue his career as a designer. Soon Yamamoto enrolled in Bunka Fashion College to follow his dream.
After the completion of the study, Yohji moved to the fashion city of Paris in 1970. From then on, he was one step closer to his dream. With time this marvelous creator disclosed his first-ever brand Y‘s in 1972. The collection was launched in his hometown Tokyo. Soon in 1981, he also presented his brand in Paris.
In one of the Interviews in 1983 on New York Time, Yamamoto revealed his point of view on fashion and designs by saying,
“When I started making clothes for my line Y’s in 1977, all I wanted was for women to wear men’s clothes. I jumped on the idea of designing coats for women. It meant something to me- the idea of a coat guarding and hiding a woman’s body. I wanted to protect the woman’s body from something- maybe from men’s eyes or a cold wind.”
In addition to this, Yamamoto was motivated to showcase his designs among the general mass. Therefore in 1982, he again launched his piece in Paris, New York, and his first men’s collection came out in 1984. That surely brought a storm in the fashion industry, and his work was famous all over the world.
Most of his work includes oversized silhouettes with long, wide drapes in several textures and designs. Black was his favorite color of all time, and the apparel was mainly of black color. He once said,
“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me”.”
Collaboration with Adidas
There is no denying that Yohji’s brands spread all over the world and was successful in becoming one of the favorite brands of all time. Soon he got an opportunity to collaborate with other brands such as Adidas (Y-3), New Era Cap Company, Mikimoto, amongst others.
Not to mention Yohji also worked with renowned artists such as Heiner Muller, Takeshi Kitano, Sir Elton John, and Tina Turner, to name a few. Until now, Yohji Yamamoto and Y’s has been able to secure its place on the market and people’s heart.
Unfortunately, Yamamoto company was in debt of $65 million because of the poor financial decision. As a result, he has to redo his whole company and reconstructed his brand from 2009 to 2010. Finally, in 2010 November, with the help of a new economic team led by Integral Corp, Yohji Yamamoto Inc, his debt was clear.
Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo
If we are talking about Yohji’s personal love affair, then another legendary fashion designer also comes on the scene. She is none other than our very own Rei Kawakubo. Both designers were in a romantic relationship in the ’80s to ’90s. However, their relationship did not go as they had anticipated, and the duo broke up.
Later Kawakubo walked down the aisle with Adrian Joffe. According to Vogue magazine, the lovey-dovey couple walked down the aisle in 1992 at Paris City Hall. In addition to this, the duo does not seem to have any kids. Neither there is any biological kid, nor have they adopted anyone.
Who Is Yohji Yamamoto Wife?
After a heartbreak from fellow fashion designers, this 75 years old handsome found the love of his life pretty soon. Due to some reason, Yohji is very secretive about her and hardly shares anything on the media. He has yet to reveal her name and whereabouts.
Not to forget, the lovey-dovey couple gave birth to daughter Limi Yamamoto. Following her father’s footsteps, she has also established herself as a model and fashion designer. Even more, Limi commenced her career as a model in 2002 Tokyo Fashion Week.
For the time being, Yohji makes the time between Paris and Tokyo. Similarly, there are no details about whether he lives with his family or not. Further data about him will be updated as soon as it is on the media. Till then, stay tuned!
How Much Does Yohji Yamamoto Earn?- Net Worth
There is no denying that this international personality makes hefty money from his career as a fashion designer. Not to forget, he is one of the most successful Japanese fashion designers to date. But somehow, Yohji has been hiding his net worth from the past few years.
The reason is still not clear on the media. According to reliable sources, this 75 years old designer’s salary is estimated to be above $62,805. Moreover, his clothing line sales are upto $100 million. He makes extra bucks from launching his collection four to five times a year.
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