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These films reveal Yohji Yamamoto's views on his own career and fashion itself, an insight into some of the textile processes he uses and an in-depth discussion of Yamamoto's collaborative process.

Yohji Yamamoto: The poet of black

Yohji Yamamoto reflects on his thirty year career in fashion. In this 20-minute film shot in Yamamoto's Tokyo studio, the designer provides a laconic, engaging and sometimes passionate commentary on his career and design values. He considers how his work has evolved since his Paris debut and explains why he designs so differently for men and women and also provides a withering personal analysis of the current state of the fashion industry.

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In Conversation, Yohji Yamamoto

To coincide with the retrospective exhibition of Yohji Yamamoto’s work at the V&A, SHOWstudio.com showcases a unique discussion between three collaborators who helped shape the visual identity of Yamamoto in the 1980s. In this 50-minute film shot in the V&A's Norfolk House Music room, art director Marc Ascoli, fashion photographer Nick Knight and graphic designer and art director Peter Saville are in conversation with London College of Fashion curator Magdalene Keaney.

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Processes and techniques

Yohji Yamamoto's custom-made textiles use a variety of traditional Japanese techniques and other more common weaves such as gabardine and tweed. All his fabrics are made in Japan to his own specifications, making them unique to his designs.

Video: Yohji Yamamoto - Embroidery

Video: Yohji Yamamoto - Screenprinting

Video: Yohji Yamamoto - Shibori

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Video: Yohji Yamamoto - Yuzen

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Written to accompany the exhibition 'Yohji Yamamoto', 12 March - 10 July 2011.

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