Ultimate Cars, Watches & Hi Fi S03 ep5 : Kenzo Takada, Takada Fashion, [Japan]

Interview with Kenzo Takada

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: I fear in between artist and the __ yeah I painting in the ___ and I design for of course the
more fashion in the interior.

Kenzo: I study in Tokyo of course three years and I finish my ___ school and I work four year in
Tokyo ___ for fashion and I came to Paris because I want see really a way of Paris fashion.

Kenzo: I came to Paris 1965 and I open my shop in 1970, work only for ___ fashion until 2000,
after I stopped fashion I begin to for interior design and I begin to painting.



Jewellery Theatre Carravaggio

Kenzo: Yves St Laurent and Pierre Cardin I met in ’59 when I was __ he came __ and he do show I
saw that wow, and ’60 St Laurent Pierre Cardin and L__ and Chanel of course.

Kenzo: When I begin my shop first time 1970 I told me myself what is my __, I have no identity, I
following each student I not copy but I following and when I open my shop I ask myself what my
identity, I say I am Japanese I know better everything for, from Japan, than French designer, so I
say I must, I must know more Japanese character, Japanese fashion, of course I mix with French
fashion but that Japanese touch with Japanese some culture kimono taste, help opening.



Jewellery Theatre Carravaggio

Kenzo: When I came in ’65 in Paris I looking for job everybody told me for Japanese no, after six
months I must go back to Japan I try just before go back to Japan I drawing and I show designer
___ he bought my design, that give me confidence and same week I went to ___ and they bought
my design and they give me many address too I can sell my design so I went everywhere, six,
seven house, and one house I find my job and now you know ___ name is ___ house of dress
design only dress, I want to stay in Paris to fashion Paris lifestyle everything.

Jewellery Theatre Elements

Kenzo: No ___ come more than important in the life, more than the 65 the fashion all ___ fashion
in the newspaper everywhere fashion.

Kenzo: One side I am very Japanese, one side very ___ one side very ___ in Japan you know very
Zen and very simple and the other side very flamboyant, humble and I rub together.

Jewellery Theatre Fairytales

Kenzo: My idol was St Laurent yeah, he was and I met him I knew him for me he stay for me the
number one.

Kenzo: In France, Paris help me draw I, when I begin I say only I can keep one small shop for me
very good. That my dream but my dream become very in ’70 ___. I say myself not possible. Yeah.


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