ACC Art Books
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 8.25 in x 11.25 in
Illustrations: 322 color, 105 b&w
- An exclusive look-book of hand-colored sketches and personal photographs from the archives of Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada
- Includes hundreds of sketches and personal photographs which offer an insiders perspective on his career, creative process, and vision
- Features a stunning cover design by Kenzo
In 1970, the young Japanese designer Kenzo Takada opened his first boutique, Jungle Jap, in Paris and revolutionized the fashion world. His colorful, ethnic, and nomadic- influenced collections, made with luxurious and vibrantly patterned textiles, tweaked the conventions of haute couture while maintaining the quality of traditional European clothing houses. He was influenced by Parisian fashion and Japanese kimonos, boldly mixing colours and prints, cuts and materials. His vibrant palette and pattern combinations were joyful and whimsical, and very different from the subtle tailoring of the traditional Paris couturier. In his inspired blend of the opulent and the exotic, he developed a signature style and found early success.
With stunning photography, and over 300 sketches from Kenzo's private collection, this book traces more than forty years of his creative output. It includes photographs from his high-energy runway shows, in addition to personal photographs, and a behind-the-scene look at the creation of a spectacular wedding dress, opening a window on the creative process and capturing Kenzo's energy, vision, and presence. Superbly illustrated throughout with pencilled and hand colored sketches, swatched drawings, and previously unpublished archival photographs, the authors explore Kenzo's career, tracing the evolution of his cult label in a look-book of visual exuberance.
What the press have said about this book...
“With images of high-energy runway shows, previously unpublished personal photographs, exclusive sketches, and behind-the-scenes looks at Takada’s grandest creations (that spectacular wedding dress!), the book truly showcases the energy, joy and lively spirit that was and is KENZO.” – BlackBook
“Written by Kazuko Masui, this visual feast takes readers through various chapters of the revolutionary designer’s journey, covering both his work as well as personal life.” – Forbes