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Yohji Yamamoto
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Graduated from Keio University in 1966, attended the Bunka College of Fashion in Tokyo for two years. Formed his company in 1972, fist formal collection shown in Japan, 1976.Long personal relationship with designer Rei Kawakubo. Established in Paris in 1981 and with Kwakubo and her Comme des Garcons line, was prominent in the Japanese 'anti-fashion' invasion of that period. Eventually commanded an international chain of boutiques but was hit hard by the decline of the Japanese economy and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009. A Japanese corporation, Integral, has plans to invest in the house to keep it active.(12/09)