Woman's Playsuit: Halter Top, Shorts, Arm Guards, Leg Guards, and Hood

Designed by Kansai Yamamoto, Japanese, born 1944

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Date:
1971

Medium:
Printed cotton plain weave. Hood: felted wool

Dimensions:
Length (hat): 26 inches (66 cm)

Copyright:

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1974-3-4a--g

Credit Line:
Gift of Hess's Department Store, Allentown, 1974

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Label:
This playsuit is based on traditional Japanese firefighters' clothing and is made from indigo printed cotton traditionally used for yukata, the Japanese summer kimono. Musician David Bowie was photographed for Arena magazine in 1971 wearing a similar ensemble that was originally modeled in Kansai's Tokyo-London fashion show that year.