Kansai Shows Off

Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto and the Edo-Tokyo Museum collaborate to show the impact of traditional culture using the designer’s bold designs as a starting point.

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David Bowie: KabukiFashion designer and producer Kansai Yamamoto’s bold and often outrageous designs are deeply inspired by the history and culture of Japan.

An excellent example of his work is David Bowie’s iconic Kabuki stage costume (right), which is most probably familiar to you.

Now you can discover with your own eyes how traditional Japanese design and Kansai’s work are intertwined.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Edo-Tokyo Museum starts a special exhibition today entitled Netsuki Shinten: Kansai Genki Shugi (Passionate Exhibit: The Energy Principle of Kansai).

Kansai Yamamoto himself collaborated on the production of this exhibition. It explores the impact of traditional culture and Japan’s unique aestheticism using Kansai Yamamoto designs as a starting point.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is one of Tokyo’s, probably one of Japan’s, best museums, so this raises the expectations quite high.

Exhibition Period: April 15 – June 6, 2008.
More information: 「熱き心展~寛斎元気主義~」 (Japanese only).
Access: Edo-Tokyo Museum: Access (English).

Photo: “Kabuki” stage costume for David Bowie (1973). ©Masayoshi Sukita, David Bowie collection.

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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