Today’s POP is Alex. V and A? Y not!
Thursday was all about ‘Yohji Yamomoto at Work’ at the Fashion Space Gallery. Not only will I get to preview the exhibition which shows, in reverse order from finished piece to raw fabric, the creation of a dress from Yamomoto’s AW 2010/11 collection, I’ll finally have a long overdue catch up with old friend and very talented curator Ligaya Salazar. Ligaya collaborated with the London College of Fashion on this project as part of her Yohji Yamamoto at the V&A exhibition, a retrospective which explores and showcases work by the Japanese designer who said fabric “is everything.”
We had a quick catch up before she jetted off to Tokyo.
Is fabric everything?
For Yohji, it certainly is central and defining for his work.
How did you get started?
I didn't always know I wanted to be a curator even though I studied art history. I did a bit of everything: galleries, auction houses, teaching, freelance creative roles. When the job at the VA was advertised six years ago I applied and luckily got it!
Where do you draw inspiration from and how do you go about putting together an exhibition like this?
I work across a range of media and types of events, installation and exhibitions, so inspiration can come from anywhere: graduate shows, books, events and artists work! An exhibition like Yohji Yamamoto takes over two years and a huge project team to prepare. It starts with research, editing the book, working on object list and design through to four weeks of installation… I documented the process on my blog (http://www.vam.ac.uk/things-to-do/blogs/yohji-yamamoto-va) – it’s pretty interesting to be able to look back at the entries and see the exhibition coming together aesthetically and conceptually.
What's been the most exciting part of curating this exhibition?
My favourite part of the project has to be going through Yohji's archives in France and Japan. It was such an honour to be able to see all these wonderful pieces up close!
What drew you to Yohji Yamomoto as the subject of your exhibition?
Ah, this is going to sound less exciting than it was. Essentially it was a regular catch-up with Yohji's team who we'd worked with on a number of occasions before. We had a meeting and it just felt like the right time.
The exhibition at the V&A ends on 10th July. What’s the next project you are working on?
I have already been working on an exhibition for 2013, it will look at the relationship between literature, illustration and graphic design in a very exciting way. Watch this space..
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