A NEW PIECE OF VINTAGE KANSAI FOR THE ARCHIVE//”the aviator skirt”

This is one of the things that arrived in the mail this week from eBay, and I have been seriously excited about this vintage Kansai Yamamoto skirt. My mom and I are both avid collectors of Kansai Yamamoto and when we saw this skirt on eBay, we had to have it!

It's not something that I would want because I wanted to wear it all of the time, but more because it's typical of Kansai Yamamoto!

It's just one big square of knit fabric that has been tye-dyed and screen printed and has a hole in it for the waist.

^Here you can see the bizarre 'Kansai Plane' design. It also has a pocket.

Obviously this aviator skirt is the perfect match for my Junya Watanabe flight jacket from Fall 06.


I never mentioned, that when I was in Philadelphia I got to visit Kansai Yamamoto's exposition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was really cool, they had a video of his runway shows from 1971-1973 and they were amazing! Incredibly theatrical. I think you can watch them on Youtube (search Kansai Yamamoto) if you are so inclined!

I won't bombard you with tons of pictures of the exhibit but here are some of my favorites:

  

I have another eBay find to share! I'll try to post it tomorrow.
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  1. Laura says:

    Oh, the 2nd to last kimono-esque costume is absolutely gorgeous! And what awesome shoes.

  2. AK says:

    AWESOME find on ebay- love it! Also that last picture from the exposition is my fav- absolutely gorgeous!

  3. AK says:

    AWESOME find on ebay- love it! Also that last picture from the exposition is my fav- absolutely gorgeous!

  4. amazing, I’m speechless

  5. Eden says:

    I love how it kind of harkens back to childhood- very bizzare and yet nostalgic.

  6. What a cool piece!!! I have just discovered your blog and I LOVE it. I hope you’ll check out my humble little shoe blog.
    ;)
    http://www.theshoegirl.blogspot.com
    xox

  7. simar says:

    amazing find….it looks great on you

  8. lame basics says:

    cotton duck skirrrrrt :D

  9. Betty says:

    ahhh I saw that exhibit in Philly too, and I have all of those same photos haha. It was all really gorgeous.

  10. i wish interesting fashion exhibits would come my way…

  11. Juliana says:

    Lovely skirt there!!

  12. kitty kitty says:

    http://www.5years.com/costume2.htm
    You have probably already run across this link, but there are directions on how to make one of the Kansai Yamamoto David Bowie costumes from the ’70′s.
    Amazing skirt… thanks for sharing

  13. moonique says:

    that’s a really interesting skirt. it looks even more amazing with your margielas:)

  14. Sunset says:

    Wow wow wow. I love how some of them don’t even have shoes paired with the pieces. Like you need any!

  15. i would KILL for your shoes!

  16. Wax says:

    The exhibit looks major. Wow!

  17. It´s a sporty piece but you put the classy touch. Kisses ;)

  18. britt says:

    I’m sorry, but your style is awful. What’s the thing with putting everything together on you?!

  19. Sophie says:

    Salut,
    Je m’appelle Sophie, je voudrais savoir si tu as apprend la Français au collège (ou lycée) ?
    Merci :)
    Répond sur mon blog s’il te plaît, en anglais si tu veux ;)

  20. Sophie says:

    excuse moi j’ai oublié de laisser mon blog : http://setback-secrecy.skyblog.com
    s’il te plaît répond moi :)

  21. Brianne says:

    Great skirt! Very different.

  22. Sandy says:

    I scored a kansai O2 coat on ebay a while back. do you know if that is/was a secondary line of his? Just wondering. He is a master!

  23. Robbie says:

    you look like a superhero… i love it

  24. Ashleigh says:

    its a unique skirt….just not sure if I like if paired with the open toe beige boots…it is interesting though…

  25. addison says:

    love the skirt and the kimono with the faces on it is fantastic!!
    htt://audhep.wordpress.com/

  26. mira says:

    whatever happened to you contributing to teenugly? i would love to see your advice.

  27. Noel says:

    Now that is one cool exhibit :).

  28. stace says:

    im sorry that jacket looks like an inflated life vest, very stupid, i dont mean because it on you but ugly just as it is. it looks dumb

  29. marie says:

    hi , i tried to look it up on youtube , but execpt two bad-qualities videos u can’t find anything , so if someone’s got a link to watch yamamoto’s fashion shows , can u mail it to me , please ? thanks !
    ( by the way , nice nice skirt ! )

  30. Cely says:

    Hi ! I just adore your blog. I don’t know why, because actually, I couldn’t wear any of your clothes in the ‘everyday life’…
    I write this comment from France, so maybe there are so many mistakes, but I wish you’ll understand. :D
    & by the way, as ‘Sophie’in her comment a little higher, I wonder if you speak french, even a little ?
    Cely, from http://trendsinthecity.hautetfort.com/
    :)

  31. La Fee says:

    It’s so stunning and unique! Great find :)

  32. Thanks for the lovely pictures of the show! It might even be worth a trip to Philly to see it, if it’s still up!
    xxx,
    Tiffany

  33. Nini says:

    Jane! The skirt is fun…
    xoxo
    Nini Nguyen

  34. alex says:

    DAMN GIRL! YOU HAVE IT GOIN ONNNN!

  35. shila says:

    Oh i love kansai yamamoto’s collections.
    And you just got the perfect skirt :)

  36. juliet says:

    Happy new year 2009!

  37. Verove Mélina says:

    Hello!
    I am francaise, thus, if it is badly translated, it is not of my fault, but the fault of the site that I use;) I found the address of your blog in the GLAMOUR (a magazine that my mom in bought.) I find ca impressionant all the shoes (et cetera) which you have, one would say that you are a big star lol ^^ I cross(spend) you the address of my blog: http: // m3l1n4-danc3.skyblog.com kisses and continuatoon maid

  38. I have enjoyed your blog so much in ’08 !!!!!
    viva ’09!
    happy new year !!!!

  39. clémence says:

    wAOUH complètement dingue,j’adoooore!

  40. Yanique says:

    This skirt is soo sick!

  41. Hi! we love your site we have an amazing Kansai vintage sweater on our store! it is in excellent condition with a superb design. Please be sure to heck it out!
    Best regards,
    NLV

  42. hunter says:

    that skirt is gorgeous! i must have one…what is the name of it? email me!
    check out my blog peacelovemusic at http://www.h1u9n9t4er.blogspot.com

  43. hunter says:

    that skirt is gorgeous! i must have one…what is the name of it? email me!
    check out my blog peacelovemusic at http://www.h1u9n9t4er.blogspot.com