Yohji Yamamoto Y’s, A/W 1982 Belted Wool Flight Jacket
Yohji Yamamoto began his craft while working in his mother’s shop, then in 1972, he started his own womenswear line label, Y’s, in Tokyo along with his compatriot Rei Kawakubo. He worked on producing ready-to-wear collections for five years, before being invited to show an eponymous collection in 1981 for the first time in Paris. The rest is history.
Here we have a fine example of Yohji’s brilliant use of military references, which were then implementing into his poetic design style. Constructed in a soft wool blend, the jacket features a boxy cropped fit with a wide silhouette reminiscent of a military liner. The neckline is dropped low where we see a zipper closure and leather pull tab down the centre. Two lower pockets are seen on the front, however, the main details are in the back. This is where we see two aviation-style pockets placed awkwardly down each side seam, which feature a rectangle 3D construction. A snap button belt also hangs down from the back via belt loops which can be closure to synch in the jacket. A fine example of Yohjis early work where craftsmanship and attention to detail were in our opinion, exemplary.