KANSAI YAMAMOTO Collection 2021

March 2021. Tokyo, Shibuya Crossing

On March 15, during Shibuya Fashion Week 2021, “KANSAI YAMAMOTO”, one of Japan’s most famous fashion designers, with the support of Empire, staged the world’s first ever runway show at Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Crossing.

The creative team of Quenta Takaya, a long-time student of the pioneering and recently departed fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, played a central role in creating the collection. In addition to archived pieces from the “KANSAI YAMAMOTO” collection, the show also showcased the new collection “TOMORROW”. Combining the essence of Shibuya and artist Taro Okamoto’s greatest mural, Myth of Tomorrow, illustrating the tragedies of the atomic bomb explosion, this new collection conveyed the tremendous energy of human strength and pride.

"March this year marks 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, our recovery of everyday life from the COVID pandemic since last year, and our new voyage after Kansai’s passing. We instilled our hope for tomorrow in many levels in creating clothes with the image of people coming and going through Shibuya." - Quenta Takaya

The show featured numerous celebrity appearances including musician/actor MIYAVI, dancer/actor Kaiji Moriyama, make-up artist Kodo Nishimura, and many more.

Empire was honored to support in the production of this amazing runway show, continuing our long-standing relationship with “KANSAI YAMAMOTO” as they push the boundaries of both fashion and entertainment.

Watch the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv7o22Sk8bk

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