From the Y's collection.
Since I was given the book My Dear Bomb as a gift, my undying love for Mr. Yamamoto's work increased tenfold. The entire second half of the book is filled with quotable passages on garments and design. In Yohji's view, women need pockets, always. Clothes need to give your body room to move and breathe, and they should function well in daily life. Having read about his design principles before ever wearing his garments filled me with anticipation as to how I would feel in them.
These arrived last week. And when I wear them, I feel fantastic.
Yamamoto is concerned with cultivating a useful and practical garment, but the magic of his clothes does not come from a strictly utilitarian mentality. When he writes about his own attraction to women, it becomes clear that the special, captivating magic of his clothes also comes from the desire for a particular type of woman:
"For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favor, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence."