Kansai Yamamoto Snow Leopard Sweater

Kansai Yamamoto Snow Leopard Sweater


Kansai Yamamoto was the designer du jour for David Bowie through the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, as he conceptualized several looks quintessential to the visual lexicon of Bowie’s career, including the Ziggy Stardust tour outfits. Kansai also designed the asymmetric striped body suit which appeared on the back of the "Station to Station" cover, and rather tragically once more in Bowie’s “Lazarus” music video. Kansai’s influence has not purveyed cross-generationally like Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto’s, but it can still be seen channeled in the gleeful maximalism of designers like Alessandro Michele of Gucci. This top displays one of Kansai’s repeated references to traditional Japanese imagery, which stands as a notable characteristic among a generation of designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, who defined themselves through the rejection of such norms.

The leopard is crafted with extreme detail, including hand stitched eyes imbedded with a subtle lurex thread which gives a glitter to the blue pupils. Its body, which carries down the arm, is done in a thick plush fur fabric.

Condition: 8.5/10. Slight discoloration on leopard’s face.

Tagged size: M

Shoulder: 23in

Pit to pit: 23in

Length: 25.5in

Sleeve: 23in

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