Yohji Yamamoto Garments
in Australian Collections
The Art Gallery of Western Australia are pleased to present the first solo exhibition of women’s clothing by the renowned Japanese couturier Yohji Yamamoto as part of its Artist in Focus Asia series.
Radical Elegance – Yohji Yamamoto Garments in Australian Collections will feature forty ensembles from public and private collections covering the changing aesthetic interests and themes of the artist’s work over a twenty-year period.
Yamamoto’s sculpturally inspired garments have been a significant influence on contemporary haute couture and prêt à porter clothes since his Paris debut in 1982. His designs create structured silhouettes of the body with a strong sense of material innovation and often incorporate humour, romance and historical fashion styles.
Yamamoto was born in Tokyo in 1943 and studied law before attending the prestigious Bunkafukuso Gakuin design school. He is the only Japanese designer to receive France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
Radical Elegance – Yohji Yamamoto Garments in Australian Collections opens at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on 1 November 2007 and concludes on 17 February 2008.
Supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation