Yohji Yamamoto was born in Tokyo in 1943. He studies at Keio University before attending Bunko Fashion College. In 1972 he set up Y’s Incorporated and has been seen as a true innovator in fashion ever since.
The unique cut and unusual structure of his clothes has always been in opposition to the more form fitted style of the catwalk. His designs have rewritten a lot of fashion rules creating an almost genderless look. He’s acknowledged with changing clothing stereotypes and his ladieswear ranges often include pieces more often seen in menswear ranges.
His choice of fabrics are vital to his designs and most are made in Japan using traditional fabric making techniques.
The exhibit will chronicle his many collaborations including his work with notable photographers, choreographers and film makers.
This will be his first solo exhibition in London and is a true commemoration of his work. A must see for all Yamamoto fans. It will feature over 80 of his designs and explore his work and his influence on the fashion world. The pieces will be situated all over the V & A – in the Leighton corridor, Norfolk House Music Room, Hinkze sculture galleries, on marble staircases, in the renaissance city gallery and within the tapestry gallery.
The exhibit runs from 12th March till the 10th July.
Its been designed by Yohjis scenographer and lighting designer Masao Nihei. The garments will be displayed along with footage from shows, films, performance footage and photos to really get a sense of his long and illustrious career. He’s previously had successful exhibits in Florence, Paris and Antwerp. But this is the first to feature his menwear collections including his infamous 1998 show where the menswear range was modelled on female models.
The V&A is located at
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