Man's Coat

Designed by Yohji Yamamoto, Japanese, born 1943

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Date:
Fall/Winter 1991-1992

Medium:
Fulled plain weave wool/nylon, silk-screened rayon plain weave

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 52 1/2 inches (133.4 cm)

Copyright:

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2000-65-55

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift from the private collection of John Cale, 2000

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Yohji Yamamoto is renowned for exploring new ways of dressing. He juxtaposes restrained simplicity with sensuous details, and uses his signature black with bright colors and bold imagery from diverse sources. Although Yamamoto's womenswear rejects traditional feminine glamour, one side of the lining of this black double-breasted men's overcoat features an alluring mermaid based on the iconic 1949 photograph of a young, yet-to-be-renamed Marilyn Monroe. Simply opening the otherwise austere coat is thus a transformative experience.