Yohji Yamamoto AW1992 Dog Jacket

Yohji Yamamoto AW1992 Dog Jacket


To level accolades upon Yohji is like, as Leonard Cohen once said about Bob Dylan, “pinning a metal on Mount Everest”. He claims himself to not be an artist, he says fashion has never been an art, yet to deny the artistic quality of his work would be to deny what our eyes can plainly observe. Like an impressionist painter, he exhumes and explores the depth of relatively simple garments (dirty clothes, the Japanese press branded his early work), taking a form and rendering its function secondary to the emotion he choses to evoke. There is a "diamond in the rough" quality to his work. He refuses to do all the work for you, where a lazy man sees a wrinkled coat and oversized, strangely buttoned shirt, a man willing to consider the rorschach presented to him may see anything from romanticism to suffering. This refusal to fully answer what exactly you’re looking at has rendered Yohji a favorite of artists and thinkers across the world.

Throughout his storied career, Yohji has used dog iconography. Presently, he often places his dog, “Rin”, on clothing and accessories. Yohji fondly claims the pup occupies the first and last actions of his day, when he greets the Akita with “Hello”, and “Goodnight”, and portends that Rin's placement on garments has made him more popular than he himself is. This piece predates Rin, evidencing his love for the species did not begin with his current companion.

The image appears upon a loosely expressive silhouette indicative of Yohji’s experimentations within the realm. It offers a loose and unstructured cut through the body, which is bookended between adjustable fastenings at the waist, and a spread sailor’s collar at the top.

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 20.5in

Pit to pit: 26in

Length: 23.5in

Sleeve: 24in

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