David Bowie – dressed by Yamamoto, styled by Takahashi, photographed by Sukita.
Some of the most well-known and most popular photographs of David Bowie we offer at the gallery are those taken by Masayoshi Sukita in February 1973, and which are referred to as the Watch That Man series. These show David Bowie transformed into a space Samurai with a black, red and blue outfit adapting the aesthetics of the Hakama – a type of baggy and unstructured trouser worn by Samurai.
You might be forgiven for assuming that these were taken in Japan, given that Sukita-san and the stylist, Yasuko Takahashi, lived in Tokyo and that Bowie-San is wearing an incredible costume by Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto—but no—the session took place in New York.
Yasuko ‘Yacco’ Takahashi was the first professional stylist to work in Japan, operating from Tokyo’s Central Apartments complex—housing many of the major names in 1970s Japanese creative industries—fashion, design, music, photography and advertising. Masayoshi Sukita had an office in Central Apartments and worked with Yacco.
Some of the photographs in the Watch That Man series are approaching the end of their editions.