Fashion on Film ACMI, the Japan Foundation & MFW present

Yohji Yamamoto: Dressmaker

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This new documentary offers an intimate portrait of the life and work of  Yohji Yamamoto, one of the most  influential  and  enigmatic  fashion  designers  of  the last forty years. The film sets out to discover and uncover the many layers of the man, delving into the fascinatingly complex life story of this iconic and visionary 74 year-old Japanese craftsman.

Yamamoto invites the viewer behind the curtain and explores his most private and intimate thoughts and feelings. The film sheds light on his artistic approach and creative working process, contrasting them directly with how he sees the Fashion industry today and the direction society, in Japan and as a whole, is heading towards.

Yamamoto opens up like never before, shares his deepest insights into his personal life. Interviews with key figures – family, friends, employees and closest confidants – provide even more insight into this Japanese artist’s life journey and the core values that he and his clothing embody.

Don't miss our panel discussion,  Enigmatic Genius – unpicking Yohji Yamamoto taking place as part of our program of screenings and events for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2017.

“Yamamoto's unadorned self-analysis is more mercurial than maudlin, making him a surreptitiously open subject”