Design Museum Holon
July 5 – October 20, 2012
Pinchas Eylon 8, Holon, Israel
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Maestro of avant-garde fashion, Yohji Yamamoto remains one of the world's most influential and enigmatic designers and over the last forty years has made a vital contribution to fashion, challenging traditional norms of clothing with his style. The exhibition at Design Museum Holon is particularly meaningful as it coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Israel relationship and the 40th anniversary of Yamamoto's company, Y's.

Yohji Yamamoto says: "After exhibiting in London, Florence and Paris, it is a natural flow for me to organise an exhibition in Israel this time - a country very rich in culture. In an era where we only receive prepared information, as a thinker, I want to see Israel with my own eyes and feel it through my skin to get to know it well. Now I will be able to experience it live".

Curated by Galit Gaon, Design Museum Holon's Chief Curator, the exposition challenges and re-conceptualises the way in which conventional fashion exhibitions are presented. A series of site specific installations have been designed which embrace and respond to Ron Arad's iconic building.

The exhibition curates over 80 Yohji Yamamoto's signature women and menswear silhouettes, exploring discussions between people, places, clothing and design. The expressive installation, designed by Masao Nihei, cleverly brings together all the various indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum, including the two major galleries, lab space, garden and public areas. The flow of objects through the private and public arenas creates a continuous stream of inspiration, inviting visitors to experience a journey of emotions, memories and design.

The lower gallery recreates the vibrancy and heightened feeling of the world's major metropolitan areas while the upper gallery invites visitors to interact with an abstract installation.