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During the Second World War used as the RAF’s canteen (between 1942-1945) The main exhibition space So this is the space where the core of the exhibition will be housed in: Gallery 38, the last of the three exhibition courts currently used to display the V&A’s main exhibition programme. Roughly 320 square metres in size; formerly the south court gallery, home to the RAF...
An intrinsic part of this exhibition is the placement, design and lighting and I am very lucky to be working with one of Yohji Yamamoto’s long-term collaborators Masao Nihei. Not only has he worked with Yohji Yamamoto for over 25 years, he has also created catwalk shows and exhibitions for Comme des Garcons, Azzedine Alaia and Hermès. Mr. Nihei has been on board from the very early stages...
Back in bustling Tokyo it is time for me to visit Yohji Yamamoto HQ in the business (but not financial) district Shinagawa. Amongst shiny, glass and metal-clad highrisers housing companies like Japan Airlines, Phillips and Nike, Yohji Yamamoto’s home looks rather incongruous – a fairly low and very black concrete block. On entering, it becomes clear why: the studio of the design...
Mr.Senda’s printing studio On a rainy day in February, a national holiday in Japan, we were very lucky to be welcomed by the 11th head of the Karacho family, Mr. Kenkichi Senda. He is the only remaining craftsperson in Kyotoproducing traditional kara-kami (literally means ‘chinese paper’) prints. Though not directly related to the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition, I thought I...
At Chiso Kimono makers Research trip to Kyoto and Tokyo As part of my research for both the exhibition itself and the accompanying book , I endeavoured on my first trip to Japan in February of this year. The plan was to visit Kyoto to see some of the craftspeople that contribute to the making of Yohji Yamamoto’s incredible garments. The second stop would be Tokyo, or rather...
Photograph by Koichi Inakoshi To celebrate and mark the 30th anniversary of Yohji Yamamoto’s arrival on the Parisian fashion circuit, the V&A will stage a retrospective of his work which opens on the 12 March 2011. This blog will offer an insight into the curation and preparation of this exhibition. Over the next 6 months, we will share key moments from the different layers of...