BLACK - THE STORY OF A COLOUR - No4 : THE SHOCK OF THE NEW

In 1981 Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo each showed in Paris for the first time, causing a shock to the fashion system. Their aesthetics and uncompromising use of black were unprecedented and radical.

 

Yohji Yamamoto, more than any other contemporary designer, established black as modern, mysterious, poetic and beautiful. Suzy Menkes captured it best in an article in the International Herald Tribune, describing Yohji Yamamoto's use of black as, " aggressive, rebellious, somber, romantic or seductive ".

 

But the last word must be Yamamoto's who described black as, " modest and arrogant at the same time.....lazy and easy " and has the ability to, " swallow light, or make things look sharp." But above all black says this: " I don't bother you — don't bother me! ".

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