Yohji Yamamoto | Dressmaker
M/A/D | Style in Film | Style in Film
"I shout, ’Live your creative life! Live your creative life!’", says legendary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in this intimate and elegantly made portrait. If anyone in the fashion world has lived according to that credo, it is he. Now 73, this most influential and enigmatic of designers has been at the top of his game for more than 40 years, producing inspired work and doing so while following his own creative path. Lovers of fashion can be grateful that he didn’t listen to his mother, who says here that she urged him to go into business!
Director Ngo The Chau gained unprecedented access to this visionary artist and set about peeling back the many layers of the normally reticent star. Yamamoto invites the viewer behind the curtain and explores his most private and intimate thoughts and feelings. The film sheds light on his artistic approach and creative working process, and contrasts them directly with how he sees the fashion industry today. Yamamoto opens up like never before, sharing his deepest insights into his personal life journey and his concerns for the future of not just Japan but society as a whole. Interviews with key figures—family, friends, employees and confidants—provide more insight into the core values that he and his clothing embody. It is a fascinating trip and one well worth taking.