On the Radar Yohji Yamamoto, A Retrospective
11th March 2011

Yohji Yamamoto, A Retrospective

Words Penny Brewer

At the V&A

12 March - 10 July 2011

Influential, inspiring and enigmatic, Yohji Yamamoto is a visionary designer, commercially successful while maintaining his own unique spirit of the avant-garde.

An installation based retrospective of Yamamoto's last 40 years is presented by The Victoria and Albert Museum and designed by Yamamoto's long-time collaborator, scenographer and lighting designer Masao Nihei.

Yohji Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early 80's for challenging traditional notions of fashion. With a belief that fabric 'is everything' he approaches design in a unique and innovative way. His custom made textiles combine traditional Japanese techniques with other more common weaves and his clothing designs often seem oversized and unfinished. His frequent and skillful use of black, a colour which he describes as 'modest and arrogant at the same time', serve to highlight further his unusual pattern cutting and interesting materials.

Expect to see a showcase of 80 womens, and for the first time, menswear garments displayed on mannequins and accompanied by a mixed-media time line placed throughout the museum amongst the treasures of the V&A. His silhouettes will create a direct dialogue between his work and the different spaces in which they are displayed. Hidden in corners of the ceramic and tapestry collections, on the British Galleries Landing, in the Norfolk House Music Room and looking out onto the John Madejski Garden or from an alcove in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries.

Stretching beyond the walls of the South Kensington Museum the exhibition also includes site specific locations and satellite installations at The Wapping Project..

To book tickets to Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A and for more information on the retrospective click here.