A tribute to Kansai Yamamoto

Written by Adam Bryce

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Kansai Yamamoto, the Japanese designer behind the genderless looks that made Ziggy Stardust has passed away at the age of 76.

David Bowie was as much a fashion icon as he was a musical genius. And it was the forward-thinking and flamboyant outfits by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto behind the iconic Ziggy Stardust looks that took the world by storm.

The designer passed away last week at the age of 76 leaving behind him some of the most influential fashion of all time. Pieces that intrigue beyond the fashion industry and play a huge role in today’s cultural landscape.

Yamamoto, who also collaborated with Elton John and Stevie Wonder, was the first Japanese designer to show his collections in London in 1971, a full decade before his contemporaries Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo.

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