Yohji Yamamoto's dragon-bird on Real Madrid players' jerseys
On 26 August 2014, the collaborative results of Adidas and Yohji Yamamoto for the football champions of Real Madrid were presented. Japanese couturier Yohji Yamamoto translated the idea of sports competition and victory into black football jerseys which have the designer's signature martial arts appeal. At the front of the shirt (detail image below), Yamamoto placed a dragon-bird such as it is known from mystical stories about fable creatures. The dragon-bird combines strength, determination, power (qualities of a dragon) and speed, agility, cunning (the bird). For Yamamoto, these are qualities of Real Madrid's star players.
fig.: Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF and teammates James Rodriguez, Xabi Alonso, Gareth Bale, and Marcelo are photographed with designer Yohji Yamamoto during the Adidas 3rd kit launch at Bernabeu on 26 August 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images for adidas; (C) 2014 Getty Images.
The jerseys of the football season FW2014/15 are the third kit which will be delivered by Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas and will be available for consumers in limited edition which is packed into a special box (1400 issues). The numbered pieces will carry Yohji Yamamotos personal signature.
fig.: Dragon-bird at the front of the shirt; full image of the black jersey outfit designed by Yohji Yamamoto for Real Madrid, football season FW2014/15. Photo: (C) Roberto Garver robertogarver.com.