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  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Amber Rowlands, Yohji Yamamoto Studio, Japan| image shows a room full of rolls of fabric

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Amber Rowlands, Yohji Yamamoto Studio, Japan

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Black and white Photo: Amber Rowlands, Yohji Yamamoto Studio, Japan| Donata Wenders, Backstage Photograph, 2002| Image depicts 3 people laying out outfits on the floor

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Black and white Photo: Amber Rowlands, Yohji Yamamoto Studio, Japan| Donata Wenders, Backstage Photograph, 2002

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Monica Feudi, Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 2010–11 Collection| Catwalk photograph of model in all black a-symmetrical ankle length dress

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Monica Feudi, Yohji Yamamoto Autumn/Winter 2010–11 Collection

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Thomas Zanon Larcher, Yohji Yamamoto, Carreau du Temple, Paris, 3 October 2007| Lead Photograph- photo shows several people all dressed in black dressing model

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Thomas Zanon Larcher, Yohji Yamamoto, Carreau du Temple, Paris, 3 October 2007| Lead Photograph

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation Low View: Hanging Monochrome print| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation Low View: Length of exhibition space| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: Hanging fabrics and prints| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: large floor image of outfit layout| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: 3 framed catwalk prep imagery| Photography by Nuwan Wije

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: 2 mannequins, hanging jacket| Photography by Nuwan Wije|black jacket hanging on wall and 2 mannequins, one with black long dress other with black high waisted skirt.

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: 2 mannequins, hanging jacket| Photography by Nuwan Wije

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation close-up: Half mannequin and catwalk imagery| Photography by Nuwan Wije| image shows mannequin from hip height up and two catwalk images

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation close-up: Half mannequin and catwalk imagery| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation close-up: Half mannequin, catwalk imagery and measuring tape| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation close-up: Half mannequin and catwalk imagery| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation View: 2 hung dresses on wall| Photography by Nuwan Wije

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    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Exhibition Installation view: Glass top tables- pattern cutting packs| Photography by Nuwan Wije

  • Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Outside Exhibition street view: Fashion Space Gallery Window display| Photography by Nuwan Wije- black text vinyl on large window and dressed mannequin behind window

    Yohji Yamamoto At Work| Photo: Outside Exhibition view: Fashion Space Gallery Window display | Photography by Nuwan Wije

Yohji Yamamoto At Work

10 June–6 August 2011

Yohji Yamamoto At Work told the life cycle of a single garment, a dark navy sleeveless pleated dress from his autumn/winter 2010–11 season, in reverse sequence from the finished article set in the front entrance of the College on John Prince’s Street through to the raw fabric in which Yamamoto’s design lay latent.

The exhibition presented an opportunity to explore ideas of process, inspiration and journey in the work of Yohji Yamamoto, and was designed to be an immersive and multi-layered experience of creation rather than a literal guide to making a garment. The three suggested sections – presentation, construction and inspiration – included original toiles, patterns and vintage pieces, as well as photographic studies made backstage at Yohji shows and documentary images of his working studio in Japan.

Yohji Yamamoto is one of the world’s most innovative and influential fashion designers. He launched his first ready-to-wear label ‘Ys’ in Japan in 1972, and arrived in Paris in 1981 with his first ‘Yohji Yamamoto’ collection.

 

Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early ’80s for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized and unfinished, and playing with ideas of gender and fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire, such as felt or neoprene.

Other works revealed Yamamoto’s unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humour. This spirit of experimentation remains to this day and contributes to his unique contribution to fashion history. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Arts, London, in 2009.

Yohji Yamamoto At Work was curated for Fashion Space Gallery by Ligaya Salazar and Magdalene Keaney, and designed by Carmody Groake.

The exhibition was a special collaboration between LCF, Yohji Yamamoto Inc. and the V&A, whose major retrospective Yohji Yamamoto and the V&A was on display from 12 March–10 July 2011.