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Gemälde des Pariser Mode-Designer Kenzo Takada / Dezember-Auktionen 2008

6 Celita de Cardenas und

6 Celita de Cardenas und Kenzo Takada

KENZO TAKADA The 21st century is a watershed where the creative arts are concerned. The strict distinction between commercial art and design, liberal arts in the form of creative painting and sculpture no longer exists. The creative sectors of art, i.e. those that are the work of imaginative people, are now more liberal than ever before. Eyes can be trained by scrutinising art, architecture, fashion and the man in the street – this is where life and art intermingle most easily and quickly. Fashion designers are people with very special eyes. They usually take their inspiration from the street, which is brought to life by people, their clothing and their movements. For fashion designers, it is only a small step from perceiving these elements to translating them into a movement, an endless variety of motifs and silhouettes. One of the inspirational couturiers of our age is Kenzo Takada, whose occasionally glamorous and always strikingly presented prêt-à-porter collections have made fashion history since the mid-1970s. In 1965, Kenzo Takada moved to Paris, home to the world’s best and most scintillating couturiers. His sensitive and highly perceptive creative spirit could not fail centuries have unmistakably left their mark on his work, not so much in his fashion creations as in his current work as a painter. Striking, bold colours and colour combinations are his trademark, previously in his garments, now in his painting. In recent years, Kenzo Takada, the founder of the “Jungle Japonaise“ in Paris, has turned his back on the world of fashion – since the year 1999 to be precise. Since then, Kenzo Takada has put his talent as a painter colours applied in cursory style play a central role in his picture concepts. His motifs are taken from the world of fashion, which is still dominated today by the female body. In all his paintings, Kenzo, the objective, totally alert aesthete, surrounds his models with a robe, an item of fashion that hovers between zeitgeist and tradition, the tradition of his native Japan. place their own demands on the viewer, who is obliged to use his own imagination to complete the spatial and physical elements of the idea behind the picture. And that is exactly what creates the charm of Kenzo’s creations in the two-dimensional, in his pictures. 7