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The founder of the KENZO, Kenzo Takada’s first exhibition after his death, “Takada Kenzo: Chasing Dreams,” will be held at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from July 6th to September 16th, 2024.


Takada Kenzo (1939-2020), the founder of the KENZO fashion house, was one of the earliest Japanese designers to establish himself in Paris, where he created one style after another that overturned the received wisdom of the fashion industry. Fêted as a poet of cotton, even after gaining fame he drew on his Japanese sensibility to produce a variety of innovative new collections on the theme of freeing the body from clothing, paving the way for the next generation of Japanese designers to step into the international arena.

This exhibition not only retraces the history of this magician of colours through his clothes and design drawings, but also introduces sketches from his childhood and resources that formed the wellspring of his ideas, and photographs illustrating his interactions with the people who supported him. This exhibition, the first large-scale solo exhibition to be held since Takada passed away in 2020. It is a retrospective of the creative activities of a pioneering Japanese designer and an opportunity to discover the true nature of Takada’s legacy.

Takada Kenzo: Chasing Dreams
Date: July 6th – September 16th, 2024
Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed on Mondays (Tuesday if the Monday is a public holiday)
Place: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)50 5541 8600

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