Fashion in Motion: Kansai Yamamoto

Kansai Yamamoto © Naoyuki Onosaka

Kansai Yamamoto © Naoyuki Onosaka

Friday 1 November 2013

Fashion in Motion is a series of live fashion events presented against the unique backdrop of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Featuring some of the greatest designers of our time, Fashion in Motion brings the excitement and spectacle of the high fashion catwalk to a wide audience.

Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto was the subject of the previous Fashion in Motion, presenting archive and specially made pieces spanning Yamamoto’s four decade career.

Born in 1944, Kansai Yamamoto launched his first collection in London in 1971 to international acclaim. Harpers & Queen described it as ‘The Show of the Year… a spectacular coup de theatre’. Yamamoto’s name has since become synonymous with his avant-garde designs; sculptural tailoring which wraps and envelopes the body, a layered approach to dressing and use of bright colour and pattern. Recreations of Yamamoto’s designs worn by David Bowie on the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour will be presented together with custom made pieces during the Fashion in Motion shows.

Yamamoto is also known for his production of ‘super-shows’, which combine fashion with music, dance and entertainment on a large scale. These shows aim to unite performers with an audience of thousands and have taken place in locations as varied as Red Sqaure in Moscow, Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and Tokyo Dome over the last 20 years.

Kansai Yamamoto explains the concept behind his Fashion in Motion collection as, ‘In Japan the word BASARA means to dress freely, with a stylish extravagance. BASARA is the opposite of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, which is underplayed and modest; it is colourful and flamboyant and it lies at the heart of my design. I am excited to present this to at the V&A.’


Video: Kansai Yamamoto - Highlights

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Video: Kansai Yamamoto - Behind the Scenes

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