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Style Icon: David Bowie in Kansai Yamamoto

Posted: June 12th, 2013 | By:

David Bowie has been getting a lot of attention lately with his new album and an exhibit in London, but at Screaming Mimi’s what we’ve been thinking about are Bowie’s Kansai Yamamoto costumes from his days as Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie playing ping pong in a Kansai Yamamoto kimono-style costume. Photo:

As Ziggy, Bowie donned bright, geometric stage costumes that took inspiration from samurai and sumo wrestler attire. Yamamoto’s designs merged traditional Japanese elements with modern art references and futuristic fabrics.

The line pattern of this Aladdin Sane Tour bodysuit designed by Kansai Yamamoto resembles a Frank Stella painting

Yamamoto with Bowie, trying on a knit costume. Photo: Masayoshi Sukita

The same knit bodysuit on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo:

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