Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A
“I’m searching for a new proportion. What interests me is the ‘space’ between the person wearing the clothes and the clothes themselves—the airiness, the movement, the silhouette.” —Yohji Yamamoto
Consisting of a main exhibition room and numerous satellite displays scattered throughout London’s cavernous Victoria and Albert Museum, this thoughtful Yohji Yamamoto retrospective is the first to include the designer’s menswear designs. Also on display are the results of his creative collaborations with the likes of Hermès and Adidas, as well as a multimedia time-line that incorporates videos from several notable fashion shows, with photographs and print lookbooks created since Yamamoto started the Y’s womens ready-to-wear label in 1972.
Known for his groundbreaking designs and innovative use of fabrics, Yamamoto creates bold and unusual silhouettes that are both visually challenging and yet wearable. At this exhibition, unlike so many others, viewers are able (indeed even encouraged!) to gently touch the garments on display, allowing for the opportunity to understand the role that textiles and construction played within each garment. The possibility of getting up close and personal with these archival pieces alone is worth a trip to London!
Exhibition runs through July 10, 2011.