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Why haven’t I looked into this designer more in depth?

Takada Kenzo

Takada Kenzo

I was randomly doing some research on Japanese fashion. I found a website with a mass of information on Japanese fashion designers. A name that I have heard before popped up on the screen. Something sparked my interest and I decided to check it out. The name of the designer collection is called Kenzo. The originator of the line is named Kenzo Takada, he was an educated designer who studied at Bunka School of Fashion. After moving to Paris, France in 1964, he worked for a variety of different designers. Four years after that he opened up his own business. “Kenzo is famous for his combinations of plaids, flowers, checks and stripes. He combined scraps of fabrics he found at the flea market in Paris and scraps of Japanese fabrics. This was only because he could not afford to buy fabrics in yards or bolts. Kenzo made a stylistic contribution to the West as there was something Japanese in the way he reconstructed Western clothing. His designs have changed over the years, but many of his distinctive characteristics were never lost. The mixing of colors and fabrics and the quilting technique he used were all rooted in Japanese traditions. He realized that the ‘exotic’ elements were attractive to the French public, so he began to look elsewhere for other ethnic cultures. He also used straight lines without any darts and square shapes all which were derived from kimono that does not have any curves. Although he kept the Western conventions of the clothing system which would later be shattered by avant-garde Japanese designers, it was Kenzo who paved the way for other Japanese designers to come to Paris.” (1) In 1999 Kenzo left the design house. In 2003 Antonio Marras took over the designing of Kenzo.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras

I can’t explain why I love this designer house so much. Honestly I think it’s because it has pretty colors. The fabrics I think are absolutely amazing! I love the abundance of flowers printed on the garments. The unique use of colored sequins. I like the unique use of geometric shapes. I also like the different patterns and methods of placing shapes on the garments. Here is the latest collection.

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Summer Spring 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

Kenzo Spring Summer 2008 Collection

This designer line I think has a relevance to Japanese culture. The Kimono style of dress is still prevalent in the collection. The use of floral patterns on the garments. The structure of the garments with a high neck line and the seamless sleeves. I think that Antonio Marras has done a great job in keeping with the original aesthetic of Kenzo’s line. Even though it’s designed in Europe, it still has the qualities of a Japanese inspired brand. I personally have a newfound enthusiasm for the brand. I’ll have to check it out more often.

1)http://www.throughthesurface.com/symposium/kawamura.html

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