Sunday, March 27, 2011

london: yohji yamamoto exhibit

The other week J & I went to London to check out the Yohji Yamamoto exhibit at the V&A. The Victoria & Albert museum is one of my favourites, so I was looking forward to what they were putting together. I had been watching all the videos that were posted on their blog, which got me really excited to see it.


We took the train to London and headed straight to the museum to see the exhibit. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed in the main exhibition area, but you can see pictures of it all over the internets, including on Style Bubble.


The exhibit was a multi-media experience, with garments, films, catalogues, and books on show. There were also pieces of clothing placed throughout the museum- like a hide-and-seek of sorts, especially because we kept getting lost and couldn't find them all!



Honestly, I was expecting a larger exhibit. I feel the videos of the research the curators did and the interviews with Yohji on the V&A blog are far more insightful than the exhibit itself. Sure, it is always fascinating to see great designer works in person, but overall it just didn't meet my expectations. If you can't make it to London to see the exhibit in person, I highly recommend checking out the V&A curator blog- there are some excellent pictures showing the process of putting the exhibit and the accompanying book together.

After the exhibit, we had lunch at a random pub and started hitting a few shops before we had to go back to Paris. My favourite store of the ones we checked out was Layers. I was really impressed by their selection of Guidi boots for women. It's not often you see that many of them in one place- it really makes me crave a new pair (short black back-zip please!) I also fell in love with this Damir Doma belt.

Damir Doma Spring 2011

Damir Doma Spring 2011 Belt

(Rick Owens London)

Of course I couldn't visit London without visiting the Rick Owens store. I was mostly just curious to see the space. It was a very fast trip- before we knew it, we were heading back to the train station to go back!


Katherine said...

I was going to tell you about a Yohji Yamamoto talk at the V&A but realized it was in June :( Yah the V&A tends to have very small fashion exhibits. Hope you enjoyed London nonetheless. Mauri told me a bit about your day trip!

Prêt à Porter P said...

The Rick Owens' mannequins looks like a museum exhibit of its own. Yohji (and the Japanese designers in general) is a designer I haven't paid much attention to, but whenever I read or see things I realize I should. Also cool belt at Damir.

L.L. said...

One of my future plans is to visit a Rick Owens store.