Here we see one of the masterpieces of Yohji Yamamoto in his early years. Deliberately-created holes add quiet nuance to oversized clothes produced by straight cutting. The holes form conventionalized flower patterns. Although the edge of each hole is elaborately finished, they make the clothes look well-worn. This is one example of Yamamoto's dresses with holes that immediately drew the attention of the Western media when they were showed in Paris.
At that time, Yamamoto said, "If one has only one piece of clothing in life, it becomes patched together, exposed to sun and rain, frayed from the course of daily life. I wanted to create clothing with the same kind of unconscious beauty and natural appeal." Yamamoto's unique approach, creating clothing based on modern daily life, has still not changed today. He hates the stagnation of beauty and objects to the neglectfulness of those who are not aware of this stagnation.


  • Title: Jacket, Dress, Pants
  • Creator: Yohji Yamamoto
  • Fashion House: Yohji Yamamoto
  • Label: Yohji Yamamoto
  • Manufacturer: Yohji Yamamoto
  • Date Created: Spring/Summer 1983
  • Season: Spring / Summer 1983
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, gift of Mr. Hiroshi Tanaka [Jaket and Pants] Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, gift of Ms. Sumiyo Koyama [Dress]
  • Medium: White cotton plain weave; cut-work.

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