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Recent portrait of Yohji Yamamoto. (Photo by Kazumi Kurigami)
Yohji Yamamoto

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Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto shook the world of mode with his avant-garde clothes that make use of holes and asymmetric designs in black. Raised by his mother, who opened a dressmaking shop in Tokyo's Kabukicho, Japan's largest nightlife district, after his father was drafted and killed in World War II, he was inspired to create apparel for independent career women.

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