Yohji Yamamoto AW1994 Striped Velvet Coat

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Yohji Yamamoto AW1994 Striped Velvet Coat

650.00

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. To this day there remains 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. 

As is the case with much of Yohji’s early-to-mid 90s mainline output, the contrast of decadent fabrics against unstructured cuts affects an air of disheveled luxury. The plush velvet is irregular in its texture, smooth and coarse at uneven intervals, while the stripes have a slight glimmer to them. A decidedly romantic piece, as his work tends to be, which has always created an interesting dichotomy between the designer’s outputs and convictions. He has claimed to not be interested in the past, that fashion is for the moment, yet romanticism, the feeling he so elegantly distills, is almost always a reflection on the present or past. It is a feeling about what has or will happen, and is uniquely disassociated from one’s precise surroundings

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size: 3

Shoulder: 19in

Pit to pit: 23in

Length: 39in

Sleeve: 24in

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