Kenzo Takada born 27 February 1939 in Himeji, Japan is a Japanese fashion designer.
Kenzo’s taste 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.
Kenzo Takada was one of the College’s early successes. As one of the first male students in 1958, he showed exceptional promise and was trained in the unique Bunka style.
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.
Since his first collection in April 1970, Kenzo Takada has kept the world amazed by the world’s own wonders. “The world is beautiful” is his claim.
In 2003 Antonio Maras became artistic director of Kenzo.