Kansai Yamamoto, the man behind David Bowie’s iconic clothing, passed away at the age of 76. His daughter Miraiya announced this on Instagram on Monday .

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. 父、山本寛齋は去る7月21日、 私を含め家族が看取る中、安らかに76歳にてこの世を旅立ちました。 私にとって、父はエネルギッシュで明るいことはもとより、穏やかで、寛大で、人懐っこく、コミュニケーションを大切にし、無償の愛を与えてくれた存在でした。  また人生を通して「時に折れることがあろうと、常に前向きに、果敢に挑戦し続けることが明るい未来に繋がる」ということを教えてくれました。 生前中の父・山本寛齋と関わってくださった関係者の皆さま、医療関係者の皆さま、応援してくださった皆さまへ心より感謝を申し上げます。 今後も女優業を継続する傍ら、 2020年、年初より加わりました山本寛齋率いる「KANSAI SUPER STUDIO」にて父・寛齋の「元気」をスタッフと共に継承していきたいと思っておりますので、よろしくお願い申し上げます。 2020年7月27日 山本未來 ————————————————————— On July 21st, my father, Kansai Yamamoto, passed away at the age of 76. He left this world peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. 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. He valued communication and showered me with love throughout my entire life. He also taught me to persist throughout failures and to never let go of a positive, forward-looking mindset. He viewed challenges as opportunities for self-development and always believed in the brighter days ahead. I want to thank everyone who has touched my father’s life in some way, shape, or form. Without you, his legacy would not exist. I will continue supporting this legacy of my father through my work at KANSAI SUPER STUDIO, alongside my acting career. In doing so, I hope to spread Kansai Yamamoto’s spirit of “Genki” to the world. Sincerely, Mirai Yamamoto 7/27/2020

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Yamamoto became the first Japanese designer to run a fashion show in London in the early 1970s. There he befriended famous musicians such as Elton John and Stevie Wonder. He started a long-term partnership with Bowie. The designer made several outfits, including alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Besides those flamboyant costumes, Yamamoto also made modern variations on the traditional kimono. His shows have been shown in prominent locations such as Moscow’s Red Square and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Kansai Yamamoto made outfits for David Bowie, among others. Photo: BrunoPress.

In 2018, the designer still worked with Louis Vuitton. Handbags and wallets from the fashion brand were treated with masks from Kabuki, the traditional Japanese theater form.

In March 2020, Yamamoto was found to have acute leukemia. He died on July 21, his daughter announced. The designer has since been buried.