Fashion in Motion: Yohji Yamamoto

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion shows at the V&A featuring leading fashion designers from across the world. Yohji Yamamoto presented both menswear and womenswear pieces from his archive.

Celebrating the designer's major retrospective that was displayed at the V&A, the show was modelled by real-life London couples. The concept echoed the designer's Spring/Summer 1999 menswear show, which was modelled by genuine couples from the streets of Paris.

Born in Tokyo, Yohji Yamamoto set up his own company Y’s Incorporated in 1972. His work has been fêted for challenging the conventions of fashion, with playful pieces featuring asymmetric cuts and unusual silhouettes. His collections are also recognised for subverting gender stereotypes and have featured women wearing garments traditionally associated with menswear. Yamamoto's fabrics are central to his design practice and his textiles are created to specification often employing traditional Japanese dyeing and embroidery techniques.

Catwalk highlights

Fashion in Motion: Yohji Yamamoto, 2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Background image: Fashion in Motion: Yohji Yamamoto, 2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London