Kenzo Takada graduated at Tokyo's Bunka Fashion College. In 1960, he bought a one way, second class passage to Paris and decided to embark upon a grand adventure. He opened his first boutique in 1970 called Jungle Jap at the Gallerie Vivienne. It was also the venue of his first show. Kenzo made garments unlike anything Paris was accustomed to. His first collection consisted of kimono-inspired pieces. Kenzo brought a wide-eyed sense of wonder and discovery to everything he did. He had the irrepressible habit of mixing vibrant colours and clashing prints and textures. Fresh blossoms sprouted up everywhere. The fashion world was captivated by the joie de vivre of his petal dresses. Kenzo was celebrating a multihued world that was harmonious and eclectic.
Kenzo retired in 1999, but today his house and his legacy are seeing a robust revival under the guidance of the young American cult designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony.