Yohji Yamamoto: This is my dream (Documentary)

Yohji Yamomoto, a master of cuts and design. Someone I consider an artist more than a fashion designer. Someone who does not regard fashion and trends but is passionate about the tailoring and construction of clothes. I am so excited to share that we will be able to find out more about his private life with a documentary film which recorded the entire creative process of creating his Y-3 collection (a label birthed from a desire to merge Yamamoto’s craftsmanship with Adidas).

Expect to find out more about his artistic motivations, his love of music, and his aesthetic vision and more!

See the trailer of the documentary here.

“The documentary tracks Yohji Yamamoto and the global team working on the collection, casting, styling, show production, PR and communication for a short period of time during the Summer and early Autumn of 2009. Beginning with the finalization of the collection and styling for the show in Tokyo, followed by his arrival in New York City to oversee the final touches for the presentation of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the documentary turns an intimate eye on Yamamoto during fittings, model castings, guitar-playing, philosophical musings, and interactions with his staff and the global team bringing his ideas to life. “- fibre2fashion

X Alex

(Image from eukicks)

Poignant, haunting, beauty

Thanks to the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at V & A Museum, I’ve discovered more of Yamamoto’s creations, beyond his runway collections and Y-3. The latest of my discovery is Dolls, a film written, edited and directed by Japanese director Takeshi Kitano. Kitano, himself, is a fascinating character and I consider him a true artist. Unlike most Kitano works, Dolls is about love and features dazzling landscapes of the four seasons, an uncommon use of mise-en-scène for Kitano. The film has been praised for its cinematography (Katsumi Yanagishima) and features costumes by Yohji Yamamoto.

Yamamoto’s use of colours in the film was a surprise to me. After all, he has been known for his incessant use of black. The effect was stunning and breathtaking. Kitano mentioned in an interview that Yamamoto’s costumes shocked him; they were not what he expected but it was also these costumes that enabled him to review and reshape the film’s storyline. In Kitano’s words: “We were faced with a reversal of the normal process. Normally, costumes are made in such ways that they match the film. At certain points, we had to make adjustments to locations and continuity to match the costumes.”

If not for its incredible cinematography and costume, watch the film for its storyline. The idea of violence, love, self, tragedy and so many other beliefs are challenged in a simple plot. Kitano’s storytelling is unique in this film which uses Bunraku, a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, as the overall concept. The film opens with a Bunraku play, Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s classic story of doomed lovers, Meido No Hikyaku (The Courier for Hell); poignant and haunting, it’s a beautiful scene.

X Sybil

(Images from Dolls’ official website)

Flower power!

“I felt, in this moment, we need flower power, but at the same time, we need young people’s anger.”

Quoting Yohji Yamamoto, ‘we need flower power’ could mean that we need some life and beauty in our lives right now. Looking at his Fall 2011 collection, there’s a certain beauty and softness in the rainbow cotton candy hairstyle and pretty dolly eyes.

A direct reference to the historic influence, there’s a few looks with the crinoline and use of lace.

I especially love the crinoline shaped lace skirt, an unexpected fabric for a structured silhouette!

A beautiful mix of colours and the element of surprise with the print detail beneath the skirt!

This was one of the pieces that I wasn’t expecting. It’s so refreshing to find a piece so soft and feminine in the collection. I see the ballet-inspiration of the Black Swan here, very 2011!

Could this be Yohji Yamamoto’s interpretation of ‘Black swan’?
Quite a twist isn’t it.

X Alex

(Images from Style)

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