Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto was 76 years old

The famous Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto died at the age of 77. According to the publication “360”, in recent years he suffered from acute myeloid leukemia. Unfortunately, it was not possible to defeat the disease.

The designer passed away on July 21, but his death became known only on July 27. The tragedy was reported by Kansai’s daughter, Mirai Yamamoto.

Born in Yokohama City, Yamamoto was born in 1944. His star rose in the 70s when the fashion designer began collaborating with Elton John, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. It was he who created such iconic stage costumes for Bowie as the asymmetrical jersey swimsuit, the Tokyo Pop wide-band vinyl jumpsuit and the white cloak decorated with Japanese kanji letters, which David filmed while leaving the stage during the Ziggy Stardust tour (1973).

Bowie has admired Yamamoto’s work ever since he became the first Japanese designer to be featured at London Fashion Week in 1971. His writings – heavily influenced by the Japanese concept of Basara, which means “extravagance, eccentricity, and excess” – were consistent with Bowie’s essence. Therefore, shortly after meeting, the singer asked the designer to design more of his costumes.

Like Bowie, Yamamoto was free from gender restrictions in fashion, although his clothes were predominantly worn by women.

In the early 90s, the designer was a producer of major entertainment events, and in 2010 he took up industrial design. So, it was Yamamoto who developed the external concept of the Skyliner express train, running between Tokyo and Narita Airport.