Yohji Yamamoto Exhibition Information
This exhibition explores the work of idiosyncratic and ground-breaking designer Yohji Yamamoto. Fabric, he said, ‘is everything’. This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design.
Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene. Other works revealed Yamamoto’s unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humour. His work is characterised by a frequent and skilful use of black, a colour which he describes as ‘modest and arrogant at the same time’.
This retrospective, experienced through a series of site-specific installations throughout the V&A and beyond, includes Yamamoto’s menswear for the first time. The main exhibition space houses over 60 creations and a multi-media timeline which reveals Yamamoto’s wider creative output.
As part of the retrospective, Yamamoto’s work stretches further across London with satellite installations at the Wapping Project sites:
Yohji’s women at Wapping Bankside
12 March – 14 May
A photographic exhibition of key photographers who have worked with Yohji Yamamoto.
Yohji making waves at Wapping Project
12 March – 14 July
A surprising and beautiful garment installation.
Yohji Yamamoto’s custom-made textiles use a variety of traditional Japanese techniques and other more common weaves such as gabardine and tweed. All his fabrics are made in Japan to his own specifications, making them unique to his designs.
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