Saturday, 26 March 2011

Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A

Last week me and Emmanuel went to check out the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at the V&A, as fans of his work and after the brilliantly curated Japanese designers exhibition at the Barbican recently we were very excited to see this latest offering.

Unfortunately the exhibition at the V&A was rather rudimentary; although it showcases 80 womenswear and menswear looks from over the years they are mostly grouped together in one room, with the remainder scattered around the gallery halls. Considering that Yamamoto is one of the most influential avante-garde designers of all time, with a career spanning 30 years since his own label debut in Paris in 1981 and his Y-3 collaboration line with Adidas still going, it's a little disappointing that there isn't more to see and read about here.

There are a number of video installations lined up against one wall, including footage from a few catwalk shows and some of his work with renowned filmmakers Wim Wenders and Takeshi Kitano, but it would have been nice to see some more in-depth information about Yamamoto's processes and work history. It's far from arbitrary but we do think this great designer deserves a bigger and better retrospective.

The exhibition runs until the 10th of July 2011 and is priced between £5 and £7. Below you can see a few photos from the gallery.

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