Limi Yamamoto (who also goes by the name of Limi Feu) has an impeccable fashion background, her father being the hugely famous and influential Yohji Yamamoto, a designer known for his taboo-busting collections that care nothing for the rigid boundaries of conventional fashion.
Born in Japan, she worked with her father from an early age, being a pattern maker for him. Following leaving school, she followed in her father’s footsteps and enrolled at the prestigious Bunka College, the training ground for so many of Japan’s leading designers, including Kenzo Takada and, of course, her father.
Starting her label in 2000, she presented collections at every Tokyo Fashion Week until 2007, when she made the decision to present at Paris Fashion Week. Her collection was greeted with much acclaim from critics.
Having such a famous fashion designer as a father will inevitably lead to people looking for similarities in their work, and some can be seen. The use of brooding dark colours, voluminous layers and a certain asymmetry in their designs can all be said to present in both father’s and daughter’s work, but that is where the similarity ends. Whilst Yohji Yamamoto’s work is characterised and rooted in the romantic, Limi Yamamoto’s designs are much more urban and gritty, combining a rock attitude with a streetwise chic.
As well as a large amount of critical praise, Yamamoto has been the recipient of a number of awards and nominations, including the Designer of the Year Award by the Fashion Editor’s Club of Japan. With such awards and praise, it is clear Yamamoto is a designer with a very bright future.