The Genius of Yohji Yamamoto

Jul 15, 2011



If anyone is lucky was lucky even to be in London over the last couple months, one of your first stops should have be at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where one of the most celebrated and influential designers, Yohji Yamamoto, has an incredible display of the collections which have inspired and stunned audiences for forty years. To Yamamoto, fabric "is everything". The designer's collections are detailed, and precise in terms of fabric, inspiration, color, and layering. Throughout the exhibtion, not one outfit is the same.
The retrospective displays Yamamoto's many menswear and womenswear collections. It is amazing to see how much there is to discover in one room full of his creations. Once you enter the exhibtion, there is literally not a single word uttered from the sheer awe of all visitors. Not only do you see how Yohji's collectons evolved and changed throughout the years, but it is evident that his sense of genius never faltered.
I feel as if I have been raving about everything I have seen throughout my trip, and I apologize to my readers if that has been tiresome. However, I am so grateful to have seen all these beautiful sights, that I felt as if I had to share it with all 280 of you!
Yohji Yamamoto created pieces that are as stylish as artistic, as bold as beautiful, and as envied as loved by so many. The designer used many influences from Japan, and encoporated them into his clothes-such as Shibori, a distinct way of dyeing cloth, to Yuzen-another way of dyeing in 20 steps, specific for Japanese kimonos. His designs, which held so many culture and references to the world, show you how important and relevant fashion can be. Suddenly, looking at every stitch of clothes that Yohji envisioned, the amount of hard work and passion that goes into design is evident. The clothes that may look simple and completely minimalistic are actually hold intricate beauty-the retrospective at the V&A was a clear example of this. 
Shibori: Autumn/Winter 1994/1995
Shibori: Autumn/Winter 1994/1995
Yuzen: Autumn/Winter 1994/1995
Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 1997
Spring/Summer 1992
Autumn/Winter 1996/1997
Autumn/Winter 1996/1997
Autumn/Winter 1999/2000
Autumn/Winter 1999/2000

What do you think of Yohji Yamamoto's designs? Have you caught any exhibitions this summer? 

-M

14 comments

  1. I went to the Yamamoto Fashion in Motion event and it was great!
    x

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  2. Amazing experience for sure :)

    See you!

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  3. wow! absolutely stunning pieces!!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  4. These are amazing designs, I love the cream colored cable knit hat (if that's what it is, haha). Great post, you're so lucky you're able to see so many different works of fashion! xoxo, Veena <3

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  5. Love Yohji and love the V&A - will definitely be popping down for a look x

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  6. I love his designs.
    His eye for details and fabrics is extraordinary.

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  7. I looove the Yohji Yamamoto Spring/Summer 1997 Dress!
    Love the design of it and LOOOVE THE HUGE YELLOW HAT!!! ♥

    I haven't gone to any exhibits, but I reallly want to go to a Tim Burton Art Gallery in L.A., mb next month :D ♥

    Thank you for your comment on my new post! :)

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  8. I really love his design, also his collaboration with adidas is really cool (I'm crazy about Y3 sneakers)
    I whish I had the chance to visit the exhibition...
    xxx

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  9. Fantastic images, I really should have made an effort to see the exhibit. It's closed now, non?

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  10. he is completely masterful. the fabric maniuplation, from shape to dying is gorgeous construction. He consistently delivers.

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  12. I also went to this exhibit in the V&A and loved it! Did you also go to the cult of beauty?

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