Designer Crochet: Kenzo Takada

It was the 1970s when fashion designer Kenzo Takada hit the scene. That would be the perfect time to have crochet in a collection … but does this designer have any crochet in his fashions? Let’s take a look.

Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada, 1970s

Kenzo Takada is a Japanese fashion designer who is known for combining influences from various cultures to create high-fashion looks inspired by folkloric style. The designer studied in Tokyo in the late 1950’s and moved to Paris where he opened his first boutique in 1970. The clothing from that store was first made with discount fabric bought at local markets and it fully embraced the hippie style of the day. It was designed to bring smiles to people’s faces. No matter how bit Takada got in the fashion world, he never ceased to inspire smiles. In 1994 he covered the famous Pont Neuf bridge with 10,000 flowers, a sort of floral version of yarnbombing … and everyone smiles. The year previous to that he had sold his brand to LVMH. In 1999 he announced his retirement. After five years, he came out of retirement but his focus now is more in widespread decor than in fashion alone.

Pont Neuf Bridge with Kenzo’s Flowers

Kenzo Takada Crochet

When I heard about Takada’s history and sources of inspiration I had some high hopes that there would be a lot of crochet in his collections. 1970s, hippie inspiration, folk culture … it all seems to lend itself well to crochet! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find many photos of vintage Kenzo creations from that time so I don’t know if they included crochet. Believe me, I’ll keep looking! In the meantime, here is some of the contemporary Kenzo crochet I found online:

Kenzo Spring Summer 2009

Crochet Vest by Kenzo sold through FarFetch

What a cute Kenzo kids top with a crochet collar

2009 Kenzo dress with crochet butterfly detail

Kenzo herringbone shorts with crochet belt detail

This is a look from the 2006 Takada collection produced by LVMH. I couldn’t get any closer-up photos anywhere to see if that’s crochet or knit. The texture hints at crochet to me but it may not be.

Looks Like Crochet

Kenzo has a line of fishnet-covered prints (both clothing and accessories) that I really like. They aren’t crochet but I think the fishnet creates the illusion of openwork crochet at first glance.

If you have any leads on vintage pictures of Kenzo’s 1970s clothing I’d love to hear them!

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  1. Love the new blog look! I’m similarly surprised that there isn’t a ton of crochet in the early Kenzo collections, but maybe it was harder to source crocheters then (even for couture)?

    • @yarnivore Thanks so much for the feedback on the blog’s new look. I’m really happy with it.

      Good point on the crochet. I also really wonder if it’s possible that there is more crochet from his collections of that time but just not a great record showing that work. I’ll keep digging!

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