Fashion Biography

Kenzo Takada, Fashion Designer


Born in Himeji, Japan on February 27, 1939, Kenzo Takada developed his love for fashion at an early age. He attended the University of Kobe, where he eventually withdrew, and later enrolled in Tokyo"s Bunka Fashion College, which had just began accepting male students. After graduating, Takada moved to Paris, in attempt to gain a footing in the fashion industry. He attended shows, made contacts with the media, and sold sketches.
His first designs feature a mix of bold fabrics, from which he was only able to afford from flea markets.

Kenzo Takada success started in 1970, he had his first show and opened his first store Jungle Jap. In 1971 he presented his collections in New York and Tokyo, and in the following year won the Fashion Editor"s Club of Japan"s award. He developed a knack for over the top shows, which he presented in circus themed tents. He launched his first men"s collection in 1983 and a women"s perfume in 1988 named Kenzo de Kenzo.

The Kenzo brand is currently owned by LVMH, and in 1999 Kenzo Takada retired, leaving his assistant in charge of his fashion house. In 2005, he re emerged as a decorative designer, creating Gokan Kobo, a brand of tableware and home furnishings.

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