Talking to Myself by Yohji Yamamoto & a whole host of others listed on the link. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The edition I have is made up of two books. The larger book has lots of lookbook and behind the scenes photos spanning a huge period of Yohji's career. This is then interspersed with Yohji musing on various topics like femininity, the past, philosophy, poetry and more in the spirit of "My Dear Bomb", but pithier. The text in the book is all in Japanese with English and French translations at the end of the book.
The second book is thinner and is informally known as the 1981 - 2002 book as it contains a full retrospective of Yohji's women's collections spanning that entire period with a small thematic caption and a few photos summarising the collection for that year. This book in particular is a great resource (even though it does not have the full catwalk shots) as it helps provide some context for a lot of the older collections.
The physical objects themselves are amazing. Great paper (a kind of light card) is used for the pages themselves, each page is matte with a nice dry texture and it showcases the ink very well. Photography, text and paintings show up beautifully and each page is really a beauty to behold. For the first week I owned the book I didn't really read or study anything on the pages, just the act of turning them and looking casually at the images were enough. The thread binding is very solid and it looks like it will survive a lot of use while showing signs of aging well. The cover of the book is some sort of coated paper (I would have said it was coated with a kind of linen, but I could be wrong. I tried taking a closer shot of the cover to give you guys an idea of the texture, but it may not have turned out too well). Both books are provided in a single slipcase made from the same paper as the book covers that is also stitched closed at the top.
This book is one of the prides of my young fashion library for sure and I would recommend it to anybody interested in Yohji's work. The combination of archival photography and some insights into his mindset combined with great materials and typography make it worth it.
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This is really great, Ivwri. Love the apparent binding.
I'm getting that one for sure, probably next week or so.