The Full Biography of KANSAI YAMAMOTO | The Kaleidoscope King - Fashion Worldwide
The Full Biography of KANSAI YAMAMOTO | The Kaleidoscope King-David-Bowie

Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto was born in 1944. He studied civil engineering and English at Nippon University and first graduated from Bunka College of Fashion. He is best known for the connection with the famous singer David Bowie. Yamamoto has joined forces with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum for its next Fashion in Motion series.

The designer met David Bowie after the show at Radio City Music Hall and we immediately bonded. His Yamamoto’s floaty womenswear creations helped cement Bowie’s androgynous look during his Ziggy Stardust tour. From that moment on, a long-term relationship was born.


He won the Soen prize at Bunka College of Fashion.


Yamamoto Kansai Company Ltd. was born in Tokyo. During the same year, he showed his first collection in London.


He first displayed his collection in Paris.


The designer opened Kansai Boutique in Paris. He was awarded Fashion Editors Award in Tokyo.


“I had my Super Show in Red Square, Moscow. No one before me had ever gotten permission to use that location and my show included fashion, fireworks, and dancing. I felt like it really communicated my heartfelt belief that all human beings are wonderful and unique individuals.”


Yamamoto organized the program for India-Japan Mixed Cultural Cooperation Committee.


He worked with Junko Koshino revitalizing one of the most important items – kimono. His avantgarde kimonos gained popularity thanks to one big-name fan: David Bowie. The celebrity wore his kimono in Ziggy Stardust Tour. He explored the yukato, the traditional single-layered cotton kimono worn next to the skin. The item began to appear in outdoor styles featuring Western flower, fruit, and animal prints. The colors were black and dark green with matching obi, ornamental hairpins, fans, and cloth.

“When he visited Tokyo, I took him to a market and he bought an over-the-shoulder bag. I would describe him sensitive, bold, and dynamic. I was impressed at the way he totally connected with his audience.”

(Yamamoto about David Bowie)

During the same year, Tamamoto took Ningensanka eyeweare line to the Middle East. He organized a fashion program under the aegis of the India-Japan Mixed Cultural Cooperation Committee.


The Japanese designer made the licensing deal with Ayoyama USA for eyewear,


An exhibit named “Netsuki Shinten: Kansai Genki Shugi” (The Energy Principle of Kansai) was held at the Edo-Tokyo Museum.


A major retrospective of Yamamoto’s work was exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Yamamoto designed the Skyliner train, that connects Japan’s Narita Airport with central Tokyo.

“Traveling and other cultures provide me with great inspiration, especially unusual people totally unlike my own. They generate many new ideas for me.”


He made a comeback to the fashion industry. He had a show on the 19th New Britain Mask Festival in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea.


He made a debut in interior design.


Tyga collaborated with the designer for the Louis Vuitton 2018 Cruise Collection Show in Kyoto, Japan

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