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

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Yohji Yamamoto | Japan

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.

This is the first of an English translation of a 29-part series and the latest installment of Nikkei's "My Personal History" ("Watashi no Rirekisho"); the Japanese series was published in September 2021.

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