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One of this year's most-anticipated fashion books is Yohji Yamamoto's autobiography My Dear Bomb—to be published in the United States by Ludion and scheduled for a June release (the book was previously released in Europe). Yamamoto, one of the original Japanese avant-garde-ists who rose to prominence in the early 1980s, around the same time as Issey Miyake and Comme des Garcons' Rei Kawakubo, has seen his fashion house flounder in recent years. In October 2009, Yohji Yamamoto Inc. filed for bankruptcy and was forced to close stores all over the world. My Dear Bomb is "an outcome of this transition moment," says the publisher in a statement. "Coauthored with Ai Mitsuda, this carefully and beautifully written autobiography (with biographical interpolations by friends and collaborators) seamlessly combines extended meditations on clothing and life with Yamamoto's memories and anecdotes, in short, concise paragraphs." As methodically designed as Yamamoto's collections.
· Ludion [Official Site]
· Yohji Yamamoto [Official Site]
· My Dear Bomb (European edition) [Amazon]