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Kenzo Takada was born in in Kyoto, Japan. Dissatisfied with the literature studies prescribed by his traditional innkeeper parents, he went to Tokyo, where he worked as a house painter and took evening classes in studio art.
In he joined the predominantly female student body of the Bunka Gakuen School of Fashion. In he won a Japanese fashion award, the prestigious Soen prize. He began working for the Sanai department store as a designer of girl's clothing, making up to 40 styles every month.
In Kenzo moved to Paris. He took some time to settle in, but eventually he started sketching. The revolutionary new outfits by Courreges were the inspiration for a series of 30 designs he made, 5 of which were accepted by designer Louis Feraud. Over the next few years, he worked for various departmental stores, the Pisanti textile group and Relations Textiles. In Kenzo took over a former antique clothing store in disrepair and painted it himself.
Then cutting and sewing a collection of his own designs, he took them round to the fashion magazines. By November he had moved to 28 passages Choiseul and almost immediately his clothes started attracting notice. A boutique in the Galeria Vivienne gave him the chance to introduce his own style to Parisiennes. He opened his own boutique called "Jungle Jap" selling loose casual clothes, smock tent dresses, and huge striped dungarees with elephant legs.
In Jungle Jap designs were featured in American Vogue as the next development in the Paris boutique scene. In his first collections were shown in Tokyo.
In he presented his collections in New York. In he became known as the "Great White designer" although his designs were very colourful indeed and his styles amazingly diverse. Takada proved his sense of dramatic appearance when, in and , he held his shows in a circus tent, finishing with horsewomen performers wearing transparent uniforms and he himself riding an elephant. His first men's collection was launched in Kenzo pour Homme was his first men's perfume FlowerbyKenzo , launched in , has since become a flagship fragrance for the Kenzo Parfums brand.
In , a skincare line, KenzoKI was also launched. In , he designed a perfume for Avon. Takada announced his retirement in to pursue a career in art,  leaving his assistants in charge of his fashion house. After a few years off, he wanted to take a new direction, stating "when I stopped working five years ago, I went on vacation, I rested, I traveled.
And when I decided to work again, I told myself it would be in decoration, more than fashion. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Kenzo Takada.
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