Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, together with his contemporary Kenzo the most important and loved outside Japan, died at the age of 76. Yamamoto was a protagonist of the nonconformist environment of the London of the 70s: he gave life to David Bowie’s alter ego, namely Ziggy Stardust, creating those very original, ante-punk outfits, for which he became famous, ending up with those costumes in dozens of exhibitions starting with ‘David Bowie is’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Bold avant-garde pieces that defied the rules of male / female gender clothing, powerful in bright colors and bright patterns. Masayoshi Sukita’s shot with Bowie dressed in Tokyo Pop, the jumpsuit created by Yamamoto is one of those masterpiece photos of the history of music and fashion, united under the sign of ‘glam rock’. Yamamoto was also noticed by characters like Stevie Wonder and Elton John.


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