Kansai in Motion at the V&A

The other Mr. Yamamoto will be hitting the runway on Friday. Kansai Yamamoto, the designer behind Ziggy and Alladin’s star-dusted wardrobes, will be featured as part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashion in Motion series.

Kansai Yamamoto © Naoyuki Onosaka

The creator of cultish clothes left the runway in the ’90s, opting for the optics of fashion + music + dance extravaganzas hosted in global cultural centres including Delhi, Moscow and Tokyo. The series of shows at the V&A will span his career of four decades and showcase both the infamous archive (recreations of his designs worn by David Bowie on the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour!) as well as specially made pieces.

Tickets for the November 1st series of shows are sold out, but the 1pm and 5pm (GMT) presentations will be live streamed on Facebook. Put on your best Japanese ensemble and watch, won’t you?

Osman, Erdem, Giles are other designers who have been in motion at the V&A in the past. I think it’s a great way to bring fashion a little closer to those of us who truly love it.

Kansai Yamamoto jumpsuit David Bowie Is V&A Museum on Exshoesme
The most famous jumpsuit in the universe?

If you need a larger Kansai fix, head to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto for David Bowie Is, the riveting, all senses overloaded in the best possible way, exhibition that opened at the V&A earlier this year. Curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh of the V&A have really outdone themselves – going through Mr. Bowie’s vast personal archive and presenting together for the first time, 300 of those objects. I attended the opening at the AGO in late September and am still carrying it with me. I’ll share a favourite moment or two from it soon.

Images: Kansai Yamamoto © Naoyuki Onosaka; Kansai Yamamoto jumpsuit on display at the V&A, both courtesy of the V&A Museum.

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