In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations, I was tasked to create an appreciation piece for the famed Japanese fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto.
Instead of seeing Yohji Yamamoto solely as a renowned fashion designer, I decided to do an in-depth study on the designer himself in order to come up with a design that not only showcases his accomplishments in the fashion industry but also displays another side of him. As such, I decided to focus on a tragedy in his youth that has shaped him into the designer he is today.
In my work, I re-created a coat from a collection of his that was designed to act as a form of “armour” to protect women. The collection was inspired by the tragedy in his youth where he felt the desperation to protect his widowed mother from the cruel world.