Yulan Yong

Joanne (1968). Scottish designer. Born in Scotland to a Chinese family, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in Edinburgh and then moved to Milan where she worked with the most important Italian fashion houses: Giorgio Armani, Max Mara, Marina Spadafora, and the Gilmar Group, where she was made head designer of the Gerani line in 1992. She launched her own line at London Fashion Week in 2000 with the Yulan label, combining an Oriental aesthetic with Western technical precision. The result is a discreet and delicate elegance based on very feminine and sexy details without any trace of vulgarity. She uses high-quality chiffon or silk crepe for the evening, and sporty tweed and wool herringbone for the daytime. Her clothes have a tailored cut, with soft simple lines that subtly drape the figure, underlining its sensuality with deep slits and clever asymmetric details.

Yorke & Cole

French ready-to-wear label created in 1984 by the models Bridget Yorke (Johannesburg, 1959) and Julie Cole (Pennsylvania, 1960). It disappeared in 1990 after an initial success, gained by distribution in over 50 sales points around the world.

Yukata

Cotton kimono. First appeared at the end of the 17th century in the bath-houses of Kyoto and Osaka because the heat and humidity of those environments made cotton more practical than silk. From then on they were worn by the merchant class, who were forbidden to wear silk kimonos.

Yuppies

Youth movement and subsequent fashion, dating from the beginning of the 1980s. Term abbreviated from the phrase “young urban professional,” coined to describe a generation of young managers and professionals totally dedicated to their careers. Money, luxurious living, and uncommitted relationships were the connotations of this lifestyle. The yuppy world was governed by strict codes of conduct. Clothing had to be from a designer label, preferably made in Italy, and all accessories, from watches to cars, were to be expensive. Yuppies frequented only the most fashionable restaurants and bars, and particular holiday resorts at certain times of the year. They attended international society events covered by the media. In contrast with the material consumerism of the 1980s, at the beginning of the 1990s the New Age movement gained an increasingly large number of advocates who looked to spirituality as a source of serenity and called for the rejection of all that the yuppies so frantically pursued.

Yeohlee

Malaysian designer who works in New York. She studied the relationship between fashion and architecture, and defines her clothes as portable constructions. In fact her clothes are often exhibited at architecture exhibitions to show the mutual influence of the two disciplines, and as examples of geometric design and functionalism. She attended Parson’s School of Design, and in a few years was exhibiting her creations on important runways. She is also an advocate of comfort fabrics that are easy to wash and work for all seasons. One of her recent creations is a dress made of Teflon, the same material used for non-stick pans, that makes the cloth repellent to every type of stain.