Kenzo Takada passed away on October the 4th 2020. How to transform the grieving into something positive, joyful, free? I knew only one thing. I did not want it to be a tribute, but rather a celebration. A celebration of the man, his work and incredible vision. Nothing new could come out of just a polite and reverential look back at Kenzo’s amazing legacy.
We selected a few pieces from the archives of Kenzo and my own. Then started a long process of trying the clothes on, photographing, and studying them in movement. Collage, cut, paste, erase, draw, turn them inside out, then upside down, dissect them, pull them apart, and back together again. Sketch books were filled with collages, drawings, and pictures of possibilities. Possibilities of a new narrative, a new collection, a new silhouette, new clothes, new functionalities, new sensualities. Possibilities of a new world. A world without borders, prejudices, and stereotypes.
Kenzo stood for freedom, joy, diversity, love of nature and creating harmony out of contrasts. I wanted colour and print to reflect all of this. An offering to Kenzo of all things he cherished. Landscapes, hortensias, birds, chains, roses, stripes, pansies, tulips and cocktail glasses… all mixed together in an imaginary colourful feast.
Although confined in Paris, between home and work, we travelled in our minds, creativity as a form of antidote to our current situation.
Kenzo Takada Always
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