Iconic Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, a pioneer in Japanese fashion, has passed away at the age of 76 due to leukemia.
Kansai Yamamoto, known for his flamboyant flair for colours and re-imagination of fashion norms, was responsible for defining the looks of David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust in the 1970s.
His avant-garde fashionality and defiance of gender norms was what caught the eye of legendary performers such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
Apart from costume design, he famously indulged in stage performances around the world, drawing thousands of spectators.
He incorporated Japanese aesthetics in the bold and colourful pieces and most recently he collaborated with luxury label Louis Vuitton.
In 1971, Kansai Yamamoto became the first Japanese designer to showcase his collection at the London Fashion Week, nearly a decade before any other Japanese designer made the cut.
His striking motifs and eye-catching designs found their way on the cover of Harpers & Queen magazine with the title ‘Explosion from Tokyo’.
He showcased at fashion events in Paris, New York and London up until 1992, and also created ‘super-shows’ combining fashion, music and dance which he presented in India, Russia and Vietnam, among others.
With no true heir to his genius in fashion, the world has lost a truly legendary creator.