Hot on the heels of his just-released album, "The Next Day" is an upcoming retrospective *David Bowie is* opening March 23, 2013 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. More than 300 objects will be on display, exploring the creative processes of the man, including some sartorial gold designed by one of the men behind The Man: the Japanese fashion designer responsible for Ziggy Stardust's hyper-glam early-70s wardrobe.
Kansai Yamamoto was born in 1944, opened a boutique in Tokyo in 1968 and then began expanding into other countries. His Japanese heritage and westernized silhouettes - not to mention his grand "Kansai Super-show" spectaculars - attracted the trenderati of the day en masse.
Lead by Bowie, who borrowed some of his designs for a performance at Radio City Music Hall. "He's neither man nor woman," noted Kansai in 1973, "which suited me as a designer because most of my clothes are for either sex. I love his music and obviously that has influenced my designs but most of all there's this aura of fantasy that surrounds him. He has flair." To this day, Kansai's avant-garde costumes and iconic platform boots continue to resonate with artists including Madonna and Lady Gaga. (And me.) (image & quote: source)
House of Liza, which specializes in a keenly-edited selection of rare vintage fashion pieces from the last few decades, currently has some fabulous Kansai treasures in stock, including this sequined jacket, embroidered dress, shoulder-flap jacket & printed shopper.
- Lesley Scott