Bowie once declared that he was not interested in fashion, but fashion has always been interested on his way of breaking the moulds to dress up, and several fashion designers, both from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, have made clear the great impact the artist had on their work.
Some of the most emblematic Bowie designs arose from his collaboration with Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, at the beginning of the seventies, when Bowie decided to use the designs Yamamoto had created for women.
To understand the role of fashion in Bowie’s artistic career and how the creative process of the artist was developed together with other collaborators, Pepa Bueno, director of the ACME (Spanish Association of Fashion Designers) and professor of the Postgraduate Course in Fashion Media and Journalism 3.0 at the UPF Barcelona School of Management, will interview Kansai Yamamoto, a key fashion designer from the twentieth century and a living legend of the avant-garde trends. At 73 years of age, Kansai Yamamoto keeps defending the innovative and transgressor spirit that allowed two great icons of the twentieth-century culture to find a creative space to share.
Kansai Yamamoto. Fashion designer and close collaborator of Bowie in the seventies
Kansai Yamamoto was the first Japanese fashion designer presenting a fashion show in London. He made his debut in 1971, which brought him a great success and a long-lasting friendship with artists such as David Bowie, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. His designs drew the attention of the creators of the moment to break away from the fashion stereotypes and always be at the forefront. Kansai took part in the fashion collection in Tokyo, New York and Paris from 1974 to 1992. For the last 23 years, he has successfully devoted himself to produce events such as the ‘Kansai Super Show’ and ‘Nippon Genki Project.’ He is also known for being the designer of the place and having organized the social events for the G8 Summint Toyako in 2008; he also won a ‘Good Design Awards 2010’ and ‘Blue Ribbon Awards 2011’ for the interior and exterior design of Keisei Skyliner (express train service for Tokyo Narita).
Pepa Bueno. Director of the Spanish Association of Fashion Designers (ACME) and professor of the Postgraduate Course in Fashion Media and Journalism 3.0 at the UPF Barcelona School of Management
Pepa Bueno is an Art Historian, specialized in the history of design. She has developed her professional career in the field of women’s press and fashion press. After working for several media such as Woman, Elle and Vogue Novias, among others, during eight years she was the assistant director for the Yo Dona (Unidad Editorial) launching team. At present, she is the executive director of ACME and academic collaborator of the Postgraduate Course in Fashion Media and Journalism 3.0 at the UPF Barcelona School of Management.
VENUE and DATE
Auditorium at the Disseny Hub Barcelona
July, 12th at 18:30h
Japanese with translation into Spanish