Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A

Victoria & Albert Museum
12 March – 10 July 2011

Yohji Yamamoto by Koichi Inakoshi
One of the must-see exhibitions of the year that’s currently taking place is the Victoria and Albert museum’s retrospective on Yohji Yamamoto. Very little needs to be said of this enigmatic and celebrated designer, who has challenged, provoked and inspired the fashion world since his Paris debut over thirty years ago.

Yamamoto’s visionary designs will be exhibited on mannequins spread amongst the treasures of the V&A, thus creating a dialogue between the designer’s work and the various spaces in which they’ll be shown. The exhibition is designed by Yamamoto’s long-time collaborator, Masao Nihei, and will showcase over 60 garments from his womenswear and menswear collections, which will also be accompanied by a mixed-media timeline showing excerpts from his fashion shows, films and performances.

Yohji Yamamoto, born in Tokyo in 1943, is widely regarded as an avant-garde designer, who has constantly pushed the boundaries of accepted convention in fashion. His collaborations span across the fashion and luxury divide, including Hermés, Mikimoto, Elton John, Jean-Michel Jarre and of course the film world, with Kitano Takeshi for films such as Dolls and Brother.

Admission price: £7 (free for V&A members). For more information, visit: www.vam.ac.uk

Photography by Nick Knight, Art Direction by Peter Saville
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