1973 | KANSAI YAMAMOTO & MASAYOSHI SUKITA FOR DAVID BOWIE

These high-heeled clogs are modeled after traditional Japanese okobo, worn during the summer by apprentice geisha; black lacquered platform geta with red straps. 
Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art

1973 | Kansai Yamamoto | Clogs
Source: Philadelphia Museum of Art

“The Ziggy hairstyle was taken lock, stock and barrel from a Kansai (Yamamoto) display in Harpers. He was using a kabuki lion’s wig on his models which was brilliant red. And I thought it was the most dynamic colour, so we tried to get mine as near as possible ... I got it to stand up with lots of blow-drying and this dreadful, early lacquer.” 
David Bowie
(From: The Complete David Bowie - Nicholas Pegg, Titan Books, 2011)


1973 | David Bowie
Photograph: Masayoshi Sukita
Source: Mossgreen


When I photographed Bowie, I would hardly ever approach magazines and so on in order to make money out of the work. When we caught up in London or Japan every now and then, we’d do a session, then I’d circle my ten or twenty favorites on a contact sheet and show it to him. He always gave me his approval for every single one. Then I would use them in the media in Japan as I fancied, while Bowie would give me a call whenever he needed a certain photo to use in America or the UK. That’s the way things were for years. 
Masayoshi Sukita
Sopurce: Mossgreen


1973 | David Bowie | detail
Photograph: Masayoshi Sukita
Source: Mossgreen


DAVID BOWIE
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1980 | DAVID BOWIE
PIERROT WITH THE SILVER SHOE



FOOTNOTE

2015 | Marni | Detail
No, they didn't say it was inspired by

2015 | Yamamoto-inspired clogs by Marni


 

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