Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A Photography Nick Knight Art Direction Peter Saville

Summing up a 40 year career in just 80 garments? Sounds a bit impossible, especially when the career in question happens to be one of the most prolific in modern fashion history.  It’s only fitting then that the challenge would be embraced by one of the most celebrated fashion exhibitors in the world. This March, London’s famed Victoria & Albert Museum opens its doors for the most highly anticipated retrospective of the year: an exhibition dedicated to the work of a groundbreaking Japanese fashion master.  No other modern designer has been quite so intriguing or has made quite so significantly a mark on modern fashion. Here, the New Yooxer joins in tribute to the indelible Yohji Yamamoto.


Marking the 30th anniversary of the designer’s debut in Paris, the V&A’s exhibition will be presented through a series of cutting-edge installations and supplemented by an interactive multi-media timeline, chronicling the highlights of the designer’s celebrated career. With over 60 pieces on-site, and many more spread throughout greater London in satellite exhibitions, the show explores the work of a visionary, attempting to capture the spirit of a designer who has consistently challenged the world’s ideas of beauty.

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From the asymmetrical androgyny that are his signature, to the black, slouchy cuts that made waves in the ‘80s, the breadth of Yamamoto’s work will be displayed at the V&A in full force, including for the first time ever a selection of Yamamoto’s menswear. Curated and designed by Yamamoto’s long-term collaborator Masao Nihei, the exhibit also explores the innovations in fabric that are the catalyst for Yamamoto’s most intriguing work. Of special interest are the traditional Japanese dying processes and the embroidery and knitwear that are his signature.
Join The New Yooxer’s celebration of a designer that has captivated the fashion world for over four decades with collections that sometimes amuse, sometimes provoke and always inspire.

Yoji Yamamoto
12 March – 10 July 2011
Victoria & Albert Museum