“Women are everything to me. I chose to work in fashion so that I could help protect women from many dangerous circumstances. My fashion is sometimes called armour, armour for life.” Yohji Yamamoto
This Christmas, i-D teamed with Taschen, the leading publisher of art, architecture and design, to present i-D Designer Monographs, a series of large scale books celebrating the life and careers of our favourite fashion designers. First up in the series are Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Here we offer a first look insi-De and outsi-De the Yohji monograph.
One of the most mentally rigorous designers working in fashion today, Yohji Yamamoto creates garments that are intellectual – sometimes difficult – yet always beautiful. i-D explores Yohji’s free-spirited world by delving into the magazine’s archives to discover his adoration of the female form, the painful process of creating anti-fashion through fashion and his timeless utilitarian designs that are at once avant-garde and classic. Packed into 120 pages are stunning images from photographers including Paolo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Max Vadukul and Nick Knight, together with interviews by Jamie Huckbody, Holly Shackleton and Terry Jones.
Image (top) Alek Wek, photography Sølve Sundsbø, styling Edward Enninful, i-D, The Best of British Issue, March 2009.
Front cover: Photography Paola Kudacki, styling Havana Laffitte, i-D, The Back to the Future Issue, Winter 2010