Yohji's working on a film!
He was head of the jury at the Hyeres International Festival of Fashion and Photography 2012 in France and selected the winners of the film awards. He also announced that he was working on a film and plans to design the costumes as well. Small quotes from the roundtable where he made the announcement -
“Have you ever experienced after starting to watch a movie that because of the ugly costumes, you cannot keep on watching? Have you ever experienced that? I have a lot. So in that respect costume [design] is very important.”
“I don’t want to kill the characters of the actors and actresses with my ego. [Costume designers] have to know which fashions and which trends were running at which time, so their knowledge of past clothing is sometimes better than ours.”
Japanese Designer Yohji Yamamato to Direct Feature Film
During a roundtable discussion with French director Christophe Honoré at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto announced he is working on his first feature film. Besides his own designs, Yamamoto has developed a following from his Y-3 collaboration with adidas.
Taking a role as director, he purportedly has someone working on a script, and is expected to wrap the film in two years’ time. Although his clothing has been featured in films by directors like Takeshi Kitano and Wim Wenders, the designer has expressed his dislike for creating clothes for films, respecting the craft of costume designers.
Yamamoto is hardly the first fashion designer to step into the director’s chair, Tom Ford caused a stir when he was at the helm of the critically-acclaimed (and decidedly well-dressed) film A Single Man .
There was also an exhibition and Filep Motwary took some great pictures -
Yohji-sama why must you mock me with your awesome boots??
all images from Filep Motawry's site
Not sure what I think about Yohji directing a film. It could go either way to be honest in terms of the final outcome, I am very happy that he eels to be stretching his wings creatively more and more though. Which bodes well for the coming seasons I think (provided he doesn't get caught up with being a filmmaker and saves all the creative energy for the movie itself...).Edited by Ivwri - 5/1/12 at 9:18am