(高田賢三 Takada Kenzō
, born 27 February 1939 in Himeji
) is a Japanese fashion designer
. He is also the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes.
Kenzo's love for fashion developed at an early age, particularly through reading his sisters' magazines. He shortly attended the University of Kobe
, where he felt bored and eventually withdrew, against the will of his family. In 1958, he joined a fashion school, Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College
, which had then just opened its doors to male students.
After earning his diploma, he settled in Paris
in 1964. He was trying to gain a place in the fashion environment; attending shows, making contacts with the media and selling sketches.
Kenzo's first designs started because he could only afford to buy his fabrics from flea sales. As a result, Kenzo had to mix many bold fabrics together to make one garment.Kenzo's success started in 1970: during this year he presented his first show at the Vivienne Gallery; his first store, "Jungle Jap" was opened; and one of his models appeared in the cover of ELLE
. His collection was presented in New York
in 1971. The next year, he won the Fashion Editor Club of Japan'
s prize. Kenzo proved his sense of dramatic appearance when, in 1978 and 1979, he held his shows in a circus tent, finishing with horsewomen performers wearing transparent uniforms and he himself riding an elephant.
His first men's collection was launched in 1983.... Read More