The Brooklyn Museum is talking to Kansai Yamamoto about David Bowie – May 17th!

How exciting!

Kansai Yamamoto is one of my favourite designers who I have previously reported on when I discovered a cool sweater in London’s Hammersmith! And now the Brooklyn Museum is hosting Kansai Yamamoto in person, who will be speaking to Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for the New York Times.

If you happen to be there on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 7–9 pm do go to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor.

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The Brooklyn Museum

 

Friedman and Yamamoto-san will be discussing his sartorial collaborations with David Bowie, including creating the iconic “Space Samurai” jumpsuit for the 1972 Ziggy Stardust tour and several of the objects featured in David Bowie is.

The Fashion Network reports: “The discussion is part of the “David Bowie is” exhibition currently being hosted at the Brooklyn Museum, which is the exhibition’s last stop after five years touring the globe. Many of the pieces that Yamamoto created for Bowie are among the over 400 objects on display, which include Bowie’s original costumes, handwritten lyrics, photographs and videos, and have been sourced primarily from the David Bowie Archive.

The exhibition, which is organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, is described in a release as “an immersive, multimedia installation” and seeks to track Bowie’s creative journey throughout his life, exploring how the original artist’s legacy has shaped contemporary culture and society.”

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The evening with Yamamoto-san is part of an exhibition on David Bowie which launches on March 2. In New York, it was organized by the institution’s Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture Matthew Yokobosky together with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where the exhibition debuted in 2013 and reportedly became the most-visited exhibition in the gallery’s history.

THE CUT writes that “at the heart of the exhibition are hand-written lyric sheets, drawings, paintings, music videos, television clips, and costumes by the late British designer Freddie Burretti alongside seven costumes that Yamamoto designed for Bowie during his “Ziggy Stardust” and “Aladdin Sane” tours.”

If you would like to read up on this topic, I can recommend this article by THE CUT entitled: Dressing David Bowie As ‘Ziggy Stardust’ who ahead of the Brooklyn Museum opening, spoke with Yamamoto about his memories of Bowie and the Japanese theater techniques that inspired the singer’s legendary performances.

Enjoy!

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Kansai Yamamoto thrifty Tribute

Ladies and gents, boys and girls,

Have you ever heard of the Japanese Designer Kansai Yamamoto? Yes, no or maybe? Just to give you a little hint (or reminder for those who know him), he is one of the most colourful, experimental and legendary designers who clothed David Bowie for his Ziggy Stardust Tour. 山本 寛斎 is just fabulous!
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Image above: Kansai Yamamoto and David Bowie trying on one of Yamamoto’s creations. Sourced here.

It was just my luck, that strolling through London, as one does, I should veer off the road into a thrift store and discover…drum rolls please…a Kansai Yamamoto sweater from the 80s!With a beautiful appliqué dragon and “Kansai Yamamoto” appliqué signature below it.

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The thrift store ladies gave it away almost for free, asking with much concern on their faces: “Are you going to wear it out or just at home?” Yes, of course, OF COURSE I am going to wear it out! I don’t care if I look like I just arrived fresh from the 80s in a time machine, this is a Yamamoto original and my tribute to his great talent.

Check it out:

The discovery of this vintage piece is coincidentally perfectly timed with the Louis Vuitton 2018 Cruise Collection Show in Kyoto, Japan – held on May 14, 2017! Nicholas Ghesquière made a vivid tribute to Yamamoto and it turns out he is a fan of his just like moi.

 

 

Louis Vuitton 2018 Cruise Collection – Image source here.
Louis Vuitton 2018 Cruise Collection seen here.

If you are as inspired as I am, you might like to check out Pinterest with lots of fantastic images of his creations: https://uk.pinterest.com/beaconscloset/kansai-yamamoto/?lp=true

And if you feel like you must have a retro piece, too, there are a few sites which offer Kansai Yamamoto vintage pieces: https://www.1stdibs.com/creators/kansai-yamamoto/fashion/

Have you got a cool vintage story to tell? I would love to hear from you!

Olga xx