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A piece shown in Paris in the autumn of 1982. (Photo courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto)
Yohji Yamamoto

The Shock of Black: Yohji Yamamoto (16)

Radical designs provoked a debate and shook the fashion community

Yohji Yamamoto | Japan

As I was preparing for my prêt-à-porter debut in Paris in April 1981, I decided to ensure that the collection would be devoid of any taste or flavor of Japanese culture. I was determined not to use any element Japanese fashion designers tended to use casually in their clothes, such as straight-line cutting and kimono patterns.

A "nonconformist," I was loath to do anything designed to go down well with foreigners. I only used European-style structural designs and cuts, adopting vinyl and urethane as their materials.

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