The new issue of VICE magazine is THE FASHION ISSUE, which appropriately enough has an exclusive interview with Kansai Yamamoto by Kazumi Asamura Hayashi and a bunch of stunning photos (such as the ones here) by Tajima Kazunali.
Here’s a brief excerpt...
“I actually had no idea who David Bowie was until I saw him wearing my clothes onstage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Yasuko Hayashi, my stylist, was doing work for David Bowie and gave him some of my clothes.
This was the first time I had ever met an artist who was wearing my designs. Before then, I didn’t know how immensely talented he was. At the time, David Bowie was all about transcending gender. I didn’t know anything about concepts like that, so I remember thinking 'whoa' when I saw him wearing clothes I had designed for women.
The clothes were influenced by hikinuki, the method of changing costumes quickly in kabuki. The audience in New York saw the costumes transform a few times during the show. I realised I had done something really cool when everyone in the audience got on their feet and clapped.”
Great stuff, “something really cool" has to be the understatement of the year!
Anyway, you can read the full thing online and view more pictures on VICE,