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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

He was the most famous of Japanese couturiers, the most French too. Kenzo Takada, who made France his adopted country and his land of creation, passed away on Sunday.

Many great stylists are making a name for themselves. He had made a name for himself, which had become synonymous around the world with joyful, flowery and colorful elegance.

The fifth of a family of seven, Kenzo Takada grew up in a small village near Osaka, far from catwalks and glitter. Yet from an early age he devoured his sisters’ fashion magazines and interfered in their drawing and sewing lessons. Her parents, who ran a tea house, took a dim view of this passion, which they felt was not suitable for her gender. In order not to upset them, the young man wisely joined the benches of Kobe University, but boredom soon drove him to follow his own path. He then became the first male representative to attend classes at a renowned Tokyo fashion institute, Bunka Fashion College.

The Japanese student dreamed of coming to France, to stay in Paris, the fashion capital, where Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain enveloped women and men in the fabric of their imagination. He sailed for France, hoping to stay there six months, and never left again. He discovered, dazzled, the Parisian parades, sold his first sketches, and officiated in fashionable ready-to-wear houses.

It was in 1970, five years after his arrival in Paris, that he designed his very first collection in a boutique in the Vivienne gallery, Jungle Jap, with the desire to invent a “happy” wardrobe. He then brought a flurry of daring and energy to the fashion world, with a new profusion of colors, flowers and graphic prints which for 50 years have brightened up the stands of haute couture and the silhouette of passers-by. .

Several shops later, he moved to Place des Victoires, and Jungle Jap became Kenzo. From now on, he signed with his first name all the clothes that came out of his cosmopolitan and fertile mind. His fashion was mixed, his muse wanders: he was inspired by Japanese kimonos, but also salty sweaters, African boubous or Maharani dresses. Each of its collections was an invitation to travel.

Season after season, he imagined a lively, flexible wardrobe that leaves bodies free to move, and whose refinement does not exclude exuberance. His parades proved it, which were always great parties, where models who never wore corsets were smiling and dancing, and where he sometimes came to greet his audience on the back of an elephant.

Kenzo Takada had two watchwords: boldness and elegance. And two emblems: the tiger and the poppy. The former, which symbolized the power of her style, was often displayed as a crest on her clothing. The second, which said its delicacy, flourished on the bottles of its perfumes, in bathrooms around the world.

The President of the Republic and his wife salute the career of this designer who has been able to restore color and freedom to our silhouettes. They send their sincere condolences to those close to him, to all those who worked alongside him, as well as to all those who loved his creations.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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