1943 - Born in Tokyo 1966 - Graduates from Keio University, Tokyo 1969 - Receives two leading fashion awards in Japan, the So-en Award and the Endo Award 1969 - Graduates from Bunkafukuso Gakuin, school of fashion, Tokyo
1977 - Presents first Y's collection in Tokyo 1981 - Presents first Yohji Yamamoto collection in Paris 1982 - Presents first Yohji Yamamoto collection in New York 1982 - Receives the 26th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Award, Tokyo 1984 - Presents first menswear collection in Paris 1986 - Receives the 4th Mainichi Fashion Award, Tokyo 1989 - Wim Wenders' film portrait of Yohji Yamamoto Notebook on Cities and Clothes, presented at Centre Pompidou 1990 - Designs costumes for the Opera de Lyon production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly 1991 - Receives the 35th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Award, Tokyo 1993 - Designs costumes for the Wagner Opera Tristan and Isolde in Bayreuth Festival, directed by Heine Muller 1994 - Receives the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres Nomination from the French Minister of Culture 1994 - Receives the 12th Mainichi Fashion Award, Tokyo 1994 - Designs costumes for the Kanagawa Art Festival Opera Susanoo 1995 - Presents first +Noir collection 1996 - Introduction of the first perfume: YOHJI 1997 - Receives the 40th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Designer's Award, Tokyo 1997 - Receives the Night of Stars Award from Fashion Group, New York 1998 - Presents the second perfume: YOHJI ESSENTIAL 1998 - Receives the Arte e Moda award given by Pitti Immagine - Florence 1998 - Participates in the 25th Anniversary of Pina Bausch Company, Wuppertal 1999 – Presents the first men's perfume: YOHJI HOMME 1999 - Receives the 18th Annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), International Award, New York 1999 - Designs costumes for Ryuichi Sakamoto's opera Life 2000 - Designs costumes for Takeshi Kitano's film Brother 2002 - TALKING TO MYSELF by Yohji Yamamoto, Carla Sozzani editore printed by Steidl 2002 - Designs costumes for Takeshi Kitano's film Dolls 2002 – Presents Yohji Yamamoto S/S 2003 collection on the eve of the Haute Couture week in Paris 2002 – Appointed Creative Director of Y-3, Adidas Sport Style Division 2002 - Presents first Y's collection in Paris 2002 - Receives the Die schonten deutschen Buecher 2002 (The most beautiful books in the world 2002) Bronze medal, Leipiz Book Fair for TALKING TO MYSELF 2002 – MAY I HELP YOU exhibition premieres at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris 2003 – Presents men's collections, Yohji Yamamoto and Y's together in the same show in Paris 2003 – MAY I HELP YOU exhibition at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo 2003 – Supervises costumes for Takeshi Kitano's film Zatoichi 2003 - Opening of the first Y's shop designed by Ron Arad in Tokyo 2004 –Received the japanese Medal of Order of Culture for Spring 2004 2005-opening of the 2 first worldwide yohji Yamamoto exhibition • “Correspondences” at the Modern Art Gallery of the Palazzo Pitti (Firenze,Italy) • “Juste des vêtements”, Yohji Yamamoto” at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Paris,France) 2005- Launch of A magazine curated by Yohji Yamamoto 2005- Receives from The French Republic president the rank of Officer in the National Order of Merit 2006- “Dream shop” at the MoMu Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp 2007 –Launch of Ys Mandarina, a "bags-to-wear", bags and travelling accessories line 2007 - Launch of Yohji Yamamoto Stormy Weather, a fine jewellery line in collaboration with Mikimoto 2007 – Opening of a store in Antwerp with Yohji Yamamoto, Stormy Weather, Y's, Y's Mandarina, and Limi Feu lines 2008 - February 2008 : Opening of Yohji Yamamoto second store in New York, 1 Gansvoort, New York, NY 10014 -Opening of a new Yohji Yamamoto store in Paris, 4 rue Cambon 75001 Paris
Y-3 brings sport-style to the street. Fueled by the innovations of adidas and expressed in the language of Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3 creates apparel, footwear, and accessories that blur boundaries and cross genres—a vision driven equally by the German sports icon and the Japanese designer. At its founding in 2002, Y-3 established fashion sportswear—a product category it has since defined and redefined. Fifteen years later, Y-3 possesses a signature style, one that unites the seemingly contradictory worlds of athletics (engineered garments, intensive performance, the three stripes) and high fashion (elegance, fluidity, tailoring). The Y-3 look is progressive yet practical, informed by Mr. Yamamoto’s singular understanding of the silhouette and the body. Billowing volumes allow for unrestricted movement, while futuristic fabrications enable long-wearing function and comfort. This is all paired with a street-made confidence and a dose of Mr. Yamamoto’s humor, conjuring an attitude that can only be described as Y-3. Mr. Yamamoto’s imprint on Y-3 is unmistakable. As a master of proportion and one of the world’s most influential living designers, he infuses Y-3 with his poetic sensibility: the penchant for black, the daring shapes, and the purity of design. Simultaneously, adidas draws on its most advanced technologies to push the limits of craftsmanship and composition. The result is a modern uniform of the streets—designed in Japanese and German ateliers and intended for the world. In footwear, Y-3 has a history of dominating the landscape with iconic shapes and breakthrough materials, as demonstrated by an enduring and evolving roster of sought-after styles. From the bold proportions and minimalist structure of the cult-favorite Qasa to the innovation of the RUNNER 4D, Y-3 footwear consistently embodies the pioneering nature of the brand.