After a few weeks of work-induced silence, we have been quietly getting on with the task of putting this wonderful exhibition up. Two weeks to go until we start build installation and a lot has been happening in the stores of the V&A. We received the crates full of Yohji Yamamoto treasures early January and the Conservation team has been busy condition checking each of the pieces carefully and assessing whether it needs to go through a heat treatment called Thermo Lignum.
This treatment ensures that anything that might have made itself comfortable in the clothes (particularly in natural protein-rich fibres such as wool and silk) will not continue to damage it. Additionally, after a final decision on which garments may need underpinning, our team has already begun making soft silk arms and covering dress forms with calico.