BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20090724T000000Z DTEND:20090801T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Kansai Yamamoto (born 1944)\, one of the founding fathers of Ja panese contemporary fashion\, is best known for his work of the 1970s and 1980s. Inspired by the colorful art of Japan&rsquo\;s Momoyama period (156 8&ndash\;1615) and traditional Kabuki theater\, his exuberant designs cont rast with the Zen-like simplicity and deconstructed silhouettes favored to day by designers such as Yohji Yamamoto\, Rei Kawakubo\, and Issey Miyake. \n\nKansai opened his first boutique in Tokyo in 1968 and eventually expan ded worldwide. His collections debuted in the United States in 1971 at Hes s&rsquo\;s in Allentown\, Pennsylvania\, a department store known for its controversial fashion shows of American and European styles selected for t heir potential to influence ready-to-wear clothing designs. (Rudy Gernreic h&rsquo\;s topless bathing suit was first modeled at Hess&rsquo\;s in 1964 .) That same year Kansai became the first Japanese designer to show in Lon don\, where his clothing was seen by musician David Bowie\; Bowie later co mmissioned Kansai to create the wardrobe for his Ziggy Stardust stage pers ona. The designer was again featured in Hess&rsquo\;s showing of Asian tre ndsetting fashions for fall/winter 1973 at One World Trade Center in New Y ork. All of the Kansai ensembles on view in this gallery were modeled at t he New York event\; several were shown earlier in London.\n\nSince his las t collection for fall/winter 1992\, Kansai has lent his name to licensed p roducts ranging from eyeglasses to tableware. His fashion show spectacular s have become the framework for the grand Kansai Super Shows\, the first o f which was held in Moscow&rsquo\;s Red Square in 1993. Others held since in Japan\, Vietnam\, India\, and Berlin have drawn audiences in the hundre ds of thousands. Kansai recently returned to fashion as a designer of trad itional Japanese garments in a contemporary idiom including kimono (2004) and Hanten festival&ndash\;inspired coats (2007). He continues to produce Super Shows as part of a larger initiative to invigorate the arts in Japan and serves as a government advisor on tourism and cultural affairs.\n\nSe e SUMMARY:Hello! Fashion: Kansai Yamamoto URL:/en/events/2009/07/24/hello-fashion-kansai-yamamoto/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR