Yohji Yamamoto Prefers the Side View

This sketch [from Yohji Yamamoto’s fall 1988 collection] (above) is a lie. It’s a woman, but she looks like a man. And in a way, that became my entire message. I’d always been a big fan [of the German choreographer Pina Bausch] because, in her work, she was proud and a bit angry. But when we talked, she was so gentle. While preparing for the 25th anniversary of her dance company [in 1998], she sent me a telegram: “Yohji, do something for it.” That was it. So I did the costumes for Pina’s show (below, right). Shortly before her death [in 2009], she said, “I suffer so much.” She’d

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