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Japanese designer who collaborated with Bowie dies aged 76


Flamboyant: Kansai Yamamoto

Flamboyant: Kansai Yamamoto

Flamboyant: Kansai Yamamoto

The daughter of renowned Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, best known for his collaboration with David Bowie, has led tributes following his death at the age of 76.

Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde and colourful work that included flamboyant costumes of the late rock great, developed leukaemia in February.

He died last Tuesday.

Yamamoto's daughter Mirai confirmed her father's death on Instagram, saying that he "left this world peacefully, surrounded by loved ones".

She wrote: "In my eyes, my father was not only the eclectic and energetic soul that the world knew him as, but someone who was also thoughtful, kind-hearted and affectionate."

Born in 1944 in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Yamamoto debuted in 1971, becoming the first Japanese fashion designer to hold a show in London.

He became internationally known for blending traditional Japanese motifs with brilliant colours and bold designs.

Yamamoto designed the costume for Bowie's Ziggy Stardust alter ego, and also developed friendships with top artists including Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder, his company said.

His designs often incorporated elements from Japanese culture, and he famously dressed Bowie in a cape covered in kanji.

He contributed to collections in Tokyo, New York and Paris for nearly two decades until 1992 and produced the Kansai Super Show and Nippon Genki Project.

Yamamoto, who sought a career in engineering before turning to fashion, also demonstrated his talent in designing venues and organising social events for the 2008 G8 summit in Toyako in northern Japan.

He also won awards for his interior and exterior design of the Keisei Skyliner train connecting Tokyo and Narita International Airport.

"'Human energy is limitless' was his motto he would never let go, and he bravely kept challenging no matter how hard the situation," his company added.

Belfast Telegraph