The box arrived and it was like Christmas all over again. From under the mountain of wrappings emerged a beautiful, heavy book stuffed full of prints, history and inspiration from the past 40 years at the House of Kenzo. I eagerly delved in to the book, by-passing as I so often do, the writings and explanations of the foundations, straight to the colourful and wonderful images. I have of course gone back to discover the meanings and the growth behind the label from all the contributors, not least Francesco Bonomi, an extremely well established Italian curator, who wrote the forward.
S/s 05 Campaign with Jessica Stam
The path of Kenzo, who always appears to be forever on the move and evolving through travel and culture is illustrated incredibly with the ad campaigns, research snaps, sketches and pop up sets (more on this later). The book is always surprising me with pages unfolding to show a campaign picture four times the size of the book, a pull out with a folklore poem stretched over 4 pages which is the start of the section titled Escape.
Antonio Marras Drawing from S/s 10 and right side for the S/s 10 mens collection
I know that if I was to go back to this book, years later even, I would still find things that were undiscovered. The prints, details of the clothes, fabrics, and people are all recorded. All there to be soaked up.
S/s 09 show
The pop up in the book is a set that was produced for theÂ S/s 09 show, underlining that Kenzo is not all about the clothes but includes the journey of how to get there, and showing us it is still very much on its travels.
Properly good pictures thanks to Paul Wesley Griggs and a few from me at home