Victoria and Albert Museum

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Archive

In an attempt to organize and group the objects, and decide on the themes represented in the exhibition, the product of days spent in the archives is a so-called 'pin-up'. Starting the selection process with over 400 pieces, narrowing it down to just under a hundred, the pieces then underwent a pre-selection process in order to prioritize those that most vividly illustrate the themes to be...
After months of commissioning, writing and editing, it has arrived: the colour proof of the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition book : Art direction by Peter Saville and beautifully designed by Yes studio I cannot wait to hold the first real copy in my hand next year. With contributions by long-term collaborators of Yohji Yamamoto’s such as Masao Nihei, Max Vadukul, Marc Ascoli, Nick Knight and...
A very exciting aspect of the project and one that I am very proud to announce is that as an homage to the catalogues they produced for Yohji Yamamoto in the late 1980s, Peter Saville is on board creating the graphic art direction for the book, marketing and exhibition and fantastic Nick Knight has produced the lead image. This image (to be revealed later on), draws inspiration from one very...
Archive trip: Tokyo, Japan As the archive in France largely holds womenswear and less of the older pieces, we also visited the archives in Japan. This was a very different experience indeed. Located in the industrial suburbs of Tokyo, our daily routine took us past Disneyland Tokyo to a warehouse where all the stock and the archives are held. Here we went through the same exercise as in...
Archive trip: Tourraine, France To get to the garment selection which is now pretty much finalised, I first went through all the images of past collections to get to a rather large first draft of an object list. This in hand, my project manager, two of our Yohji Yamamoto colleagues and I went south of Paris to the Yohji Yamamoto archives. They are kept by a family that has been working with...