Recently, we lost renowned avant-garde designer, Kansai Yamamoto. Yamamoto is best known for this long-lasting partnership with David Bowie, particularly the outfits for the Martian rocker’s Ziggy Stardust tour.
On the Style United site, there’s a piece about the 2018 Brooklyn Museum night with Yamamoto, performed in assistance of the David Bowie Is show.
Here, Yamamoto describes his partnership with Bowie:
” Unlike me, Bowie was peaceful, shy, however on phase he flips a switch and becomes David Bowie,” says Yamamoto. “Me, I’m always that method.” However they shared a love of what the designer calls “extreme look,” and when asked what they learned from each other, he replies that through Bowie he established his understanding of Western dress while he assisted Bowie translate Eastern clothing. He concurs that he sees a direct line in between what he produced in the 70 s for Bowie and the current discussion on gender and gown. “I approached Bowie’s clothes as if I was developing for a woman,” he confesses. “Notice there is no zipper in front.” But he feels happy seeing how the younger generation participating in the “David Bowie Is” display can reveal themselves when compared to the societal constraints he came across in Japan 50 years earlier, as a self-taught, broke, designer releasing his career at the age of21 A professional photographer had snapped a photo of him walking along London’s Kings Road and it was featured on the cover of Life publication. “I felt every day I was the model in a style program and everybody around me were members of the audience,” he states. “There were often times, individuals took a look at me strange.”
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