One of my favorite iconic vintage pieces: the famous wool jumpsuit by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto, from 1971.
I have a thing for jumpsuits, but I think I like it so much because it’s so original. It was designed in a time before clothing commonly had massive face graphics printed on them, and it was a unique thing then. And to pair that with striped legs is really interesting to me. It looks like something that you’d want to laugh at, but it’s almost too weird to make fun of—like Kansai Yamamoto knew people would giggle at it and he didn’t give a snap. Basically, it’s like the jumpsuit knows something that you don’t.
The whole piece is striking and slightly naughty, which gives it a light, amusing atmosphere.
And I like to be amused.
Below is the most famous photo of the jumpsuit, modeled by artist Caroline Coon. Below that you can see not only the jumpsuit but the matching cape as well.