The V&A is to host the first UK exhibition of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto,one of the world’s most influential fashion designers.

The installation-based retrospective takes place 30 years after his Paris debut and will feature over 80 garments spanning Yamamoto’s career. The exhibition will explore the work of a designer who has challenged, provoked and inspired the fashion world. The retrospective is designed by Yamamoto’s long-term collaborator Masao Nihei.

Follow here exhibition curator, Ligaya Salazar, as she documents the evolution of the exhibition and offers an insight into the research, design and installation process.

From 12 March – 10 July 2011, the V&A will present the retrospective, conceived as a site-specific installation with its core in Gallery 38 and small interventions throughout the V&A, Yamamoto’s menswear collections will be included in the display of his work for the first time. Each space will take its own meaning within the narrative of the exhibition which explores Yohji Yamamoto’s design world.