French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, who retreated to the top of his colorful career nearly 20 years ago, wants to show the world how he came up with breakthrough designs that helped sweep the wave of Japanese filmmakers into the Parisian scene.
After years of having made time for himself, "I had to do something again to work," AFP said.
"I'm very happy, but sometimes I feel nostalgic."
The result is a new book that has outlined its trajectory since it arrived in France as a young man with the dreams of bringing his designs to life in the crazy heart of the fashion world.
Kenzo TakadaHe published his French adventure in the center with more than 40 years of sketches, photographs and memories until the final show at the Zenith Paris Concert Hall.
The most notable is undoubtedly an unpublished photographic essay in which readers hide by creating beautiful wedding dresses from its fall and winter collection 1982-1983.
His fans will get an intimate look at the master at work: the notebook of drawings, Kenzo in his workshop with longtime assistant Atsuko Kondo, ballet slippers that were painted in red because time was too tight to find the right footwear.
"We only started two days before the show!" Kenzo said in an interview in Paris.
"The theme of this collection was flowers." "This wedding dress, wrapped in garlands of flowers, was the very picture of the collection, whatever symbol," he said.
To complete the composition, Kenzo has embarked on a large collection of ribbons – old and new, common or embroidered – accumulated over the years.
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– Paris looked so sad –
The life and distinctive colors of Japan's most famous designer are in many respects the exact opposite of what he discovered when he arrived in the French capital.
"I came to Gare de Lyon in the evening on January 1, 1965. It was dark and the station was old, dirty, black," he remembered.
"I took a taxi and my first impression of Paris was that it was terrible and horrible, it was Paris, the fashion city, the city I dreamed about, and it seemed sad to me," he said.
"But then the taxi went Notre Dame … it was wonderful."
In letters to her mother she describes the bread so well that she is too much and she bathes only once a week because public baths are too expensive.
But it also describes the stunning beauty of the flower shops that were a lot of Paris, but rare in Tokyo at that time.
After having sold some of his drawings to magazines including Elle, opened his first store in the elegant Vivienne Gallery in 1969, adorned with jungle motifs and called his brand "Jungle Jap".
"At that time, synthetic fabrics in Paris were fashionable and the clothes were quite dark, and during the visit to Japan I bought cotton fabrics," he said.
He also borrowed from careful kimonos craftings, adding intentional colors and injecting new energy into shows with models that would jump, hop and dance their way down the runway.
With flowing patterns that broke up with rigorous lines dominated by couture, he also gave a new license for the body of women to breathe and move freely.
After following his vision in the 1970s and 1980s, Kenzo finally sold his brand to the French fashion giant LVMH in 1993, which now focuses on perfumes, skin care and fashionable clothing.
"I think I brought freedom to fashion as they wear, how they move, colors," he said.
"Kenzo woman is a free woman, beautiful and dynamic."