Kansai Yamamoto, born 1944, is one of the leading contemporary Japanese fashion designers, particularly during in the 1970's and 1980's. After initially studying civil engineering and English at Nippon University he then studied at Bunka Fashion College and went on to open his own company, Yamamoto Kansai Company, Ltd., Tokyo. His first collection debuted in London in 1971 and in the USA at Hess's Department Store in Pennsylvania which was renowned for many avant-garde collections. His 1975 debut in Paris was followed by the opening of his Kansai Boutique in 1977.
He is perhaps best known for designing avant-garde costumes for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Tour and renewing the interest in the Kimono and classical Japanese fashion.
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