Incredible artwork for KENZO showcased in the latest issue of Printed Pages

Date
16 January 2015
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1 minute read

“As the story goes, the young Kenzo Takada left his job cutting patterns at a Tokyo department store in the mid-1960s to try his luck in fashion in the French capital. When he arrived in Paris in 1964 he had no money, little command of French, and no contacts to speak of, but his characteristic wide-eyed wonder served him well.

“For a couple of years the Japanese designer sold drawings and designs to retailers to get by. Paris was in the midst of its new wave, populated with avant-garde writers, philosophers and thinkers, but the fashion world remained enamoured with the grand couture houses that had flourished in the post-war years. So when in 1970 Kenzo opened his first store, Jungle Jap, and filled it with innovative ready-to-wear designs created from flea market-bought swatches and elaborate prints in flamboyant colours, he quickly drew a clientele intrigued by his exotic approach…”

There’s more to this story of course, and as the fortunes of KENZO have risen, fallen and then risen again a raft of creative talent has passed through the company’s offices, building on Takada’s legacy. Which is exactly what we explore in the rest of our KENZO profile in the latest issue of Printed Pages

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Viktor Hachmang: Kenzopedia (Jean-Paul Goode)

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Viktor Hachmang: Kenzopedia (Los Angeles)

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Viktor Hachmang: Kenzopedia (Carol Lim)

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Toiletpaper: Kenzo Campaign FW 13/14

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Toiletpaper: Kenzo Campaign FW 13/14

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Toiletpaper: Kenzo Campaign FW 13/14

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Toiletpaper: Kenzo Campaign FW 13/14

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Toiletpaper: Kenzo Campaign FW 13/14

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James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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