This Japanese fashion designer and founder of the brand was born in 1939 in Kanzaki County. After all, the young designer also had to work for a pittance in parallel.
In addition, the college was considered a female college, so Kenzo became one of the first men to study there. With money in hand, Kenzo decided to fulfill his dream and leave for Europe.
In 1965, Takada moved to Paris, where he begins to absorb everything that the world capital of fashion can show him. The Japanese are not afraid of work, they work tirelessly. Soon, Takada's sketches were bought by Ferro and Jacques Delae. Gradually Kenzo gained a reputation, and in 1970 in the capital of France, in the Vivienne gallery, the Japanese presented his first show of women's clothing. Only about fifty curious people came to him. The guests saw something strange - bright clothes that looked like kimonos. In the era of domination of narrow sleeves and shoulders, Kenzo offered free things to breathe in. The defile went well and aroused interest. Even ELLE magazine featured one of the models from that show on its cover. In the same year, the designer opens the first Jungle Cap store. This boutique is fast becoming fashionable in Paris.
In 1971, the new collection was shown in Japan and New York, and the following year, the excitement at the demonstration was so great that Kenzo was forced to interrupt it. In 1972, the master's work was awarded the Fashion Editor Club of Japan award. Kenzo was able to create a new style that combined modernity and romance at the same time. The clean, colorful and light garments were inspired by Japanese culture. At first, the designer did not have the opportunity to buy fabrics, he had to collect various leftovers and scraps in order to create models.
This is how the corporate identity was born, which is still recognizable today. The multi-colored creations of the master seem to invite you on a journey. Kenzo went against the patterns - silk was used for his winter collections, he sews pullovers and tops from cut knitwear. The Japanese became one of the pioneers in fashion, his creations are weightless, light and graceful, leaving freedom of movement. Kenzo was able to redefine the purpose of the kimono, giving it a European look. So the designer mixed Western and Eastern traditions and trends.
Kenzo was not afraid to use non-standard techniques to advertise his creativity, long before the Galliano era. So, in 1978 and 1979, his collection was exhibited at the circus. At the same time, acrobats in transparent clothes rode on horses on the arena, while the master himself rode an elephant on a bow. Since 1983, Kenzo began to create men's clothing. The work of the fashion designer was appreciated by the French authorities - in 1984, the Japanese became a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.
In 1988, Kenzo launched his perfume, his scent with citrus notes becomes very successful. The designer deals not only with perfume, but also design for a bottle. In 1992, Parfum d'ete appeared, in 1994 - Monde est beau, and in 1996 - fresh and sea-smelling L'eau de Kenzo eau de toilette. Even after the founder's retirement, the perfume company Kenzo Parfum continues to create fragrances that are fully consistent with the old spirit. The Kenzoki series of cosmetics also appears. Like fashion shows, presentations of new fragrances are also stylish.
In 1991, the multifaceted Kenzo also thought about creating goods for the home. The Japanese became the first couturier in the world to try himself as a decorator. This cannot be called an accident, because Kenzo is a real esthete and collector of art objects. So, in the very center of Paris, a Japanese-style house appeared, invented and drawn by a fashion designer. Kenzo, on the basis of the former factory, made himself a dwelling with an area of 1100 square meters, placing a Japanese garden and a bathhouse here. This place has become home to thousands of pieces of art brought back by the owner from numerous travels.
In 1993, Kenzo sold his trademark to the French concern LVMH, which is engaged in the production of luxury goods. But the designer does not get tired of creating - in 1991 he creates his own line of bed linen and towels, in 1996 - fabrics and interior items, and in 2005 - tableware. In 1999, Kenzo Takada left his brainchild.
But the desire to create has not gone anywhere. In 2001, Kenzo created a new collection of silver jewelry, looking at patterns from flowers and plants. The assorted materials still appeal to travel. That collection became a success, and the designer also creates a line of watches with floral and graphic motifs. These collections are distributed by Groupe GL, the European leader in the gold and silver jewelry market.
In 2002, the Japanese presented a line of accessories and interior items. After 3 years, at 66, Kenzo never ceases to amaze - he created the Gokan Kobo line, which showed that household items can be glamorous. In 2007, Kenzo created the Takada autumn-winter collection, and the next year he launched furniture. In 2009, Power Plate persuaded the Japanese to create a line of sports equipment for professionals and amateurs.