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Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons, and I shared the same values in clothes making. (Photo courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto)
Yohji Yamamoto

Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons: Yohji Yamamoto (14)

My philosophy of clothes making: Searching for genuine materials

Yohji Yamamoto | Japan

At this point, I began delving further into my philosophy of how clothes should be made. I was particular about the texture of the materials, and I traveled around Japan looking for fabrics -- Mikawa cotton from Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture; indigo dyes from Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture; knit fabrics from Sagae, Yamagata Prefecture; Omi hemp from Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture.

Searching about, I found many wonderful fabrics that were carefully woven by craftsmen using traditional techniques. I sharpened my senses: I would look at the colors, smell the odors and feel the texture on my skin.

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