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Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A

Yohji Yamamoto

Exhibition preview

THE V&A is presenting a site-specific retrospective of the work of visionary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto until July 10, 2011.

The exhibition explores the work of idiosyncratic and ground-breaking designer Yohji Yamamoto, who said ‘Fabric is everything’. And it’s this deep interest in textiles that 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 central gallery houses over 60 creations and a multi-media timeline which reveals Yamamoto’s wider creative output.

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.

Yamamoto’s work stretches further across London with two satellite installations at Wapping Project sites, a photographic exhibition at Bankside and a single garment installation at Wapping.

Tickets: £7 Full; £6 Seniors; £5 Students, 12-17 years old and ES40; Free to V&A Members; Free to under 12s, people with a disability.

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000