Sleeveless white felt dress with large collar
Juste des Vetements exhibition
Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris, 2005
© Courtesy of Gael Amzalag
This retrospective, experienced through a series of site-specific installations throughout the V&A and beyond, includes Yamamoto's menswear for the first time. The main exhibition space will house over 60 creations and a multi-media timeline, which reveals Yamamoto's wider creative output such as his collaborations with filmmaker Takeshi Kitano or opera director Heiner Mueller. Each carefully chosen space in the permanent galleries of the V&A explores a particular aspect of Yohji Yamamoto's work.
Allowing space between the garment and the body is of tremendous importance to Yamamoto, as it gives the wearer the possibility of inhabiting the garment naturally, without being constricted by its shape. The structure of the two sculptural white felt pieces exhibited in the Norfolk House Music Room is determined partly by the material itself and permits room between garment and body. Other works show Yamamoto's unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history, interest in military clothes and sense of humour.
In addition to the exhibition at the V&A, further aspects of Yamamoto¡Çs work will also be explored at Wapping Projects, Wapping Projects Bankside and the Fashion Space Gallery at the London College of Fashion, making this retrospective an encounter between the designer, the V&A and London as a whole.