Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A from 12th March until 10th July 2011

The Victoria and Albert Museum presents one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the last forty years, Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a visionary designer who has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his avant-garde style. This is his first major solo show in the UK and is an installation-based retrospective showcasing over 80 women's and menswear garments, which are most representative of his work.

The V&A presents a site-specific retrospective of the work of visionary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. The exhibition's core will be housed in Gallery 38 with several satellite installations throughout the V&A and at the Wapping Project.

This exhibition explores the work of idiosyncratic and ground-breaking designer Yohji Yamamoto. Fabric, he said, 'is everything'. This deep interest in textiles 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'.

V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000+

Daily 10.00 - 17.30

£7 Full
£6 Senior citizens
£5 Full-time students, 12-17 year olds, ES40 holders
£19 / £12 Family tickets (2 adults and 2 12-17 yrs / 1 adult and 2 12-17 yrs)
Plus £1 handling charge per transaction

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Yohji Yamamoto: The poet of black from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.