Kenzo Takada founded the Kenzo label in 1970 and the label is still in existense despite the loss of Takada on Oct 4, 2020. He was also the honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation. The Kenzo label was, and is, a great success, with a strong cult following and it is wonderful to find such and amazing vintage pieces.
Kenzo traveled the world and his designs often mixed in the influences from those travels. He would mix traditional Japanese cuts and tailoring methods with fabrics from around the world. The interior of the clothes were as important to him as to the exteriors and they are immaculately finished like this one is. This suit is fabulous. The fabric looks like it should be a heavy woven brocade but it is actually quite light. It is woven but it is very fine and soft. The skirt is cut quite full so that that when you move it has tremendous fullness. Yet because the fabric is so light it falls fairly straight with just a suggestion of that fullness when it is on the body. At the hem it is finished with a wide ruffle that adds to the pretty lines. The jacket is superb. It is cut to fit to be fitted to the body with full shoulders and sleeves that narrow in at the wrist. The front wraps over itself and buttons. The front panel is detailed with a large embroidered cluster of flowers set down the front. The waist nips in and then the hips flare out in a peplum. I love everything about it and these early pieces are even more collectible now. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.
Both piece are unlined. The skirt slips on with an elastic waist and the jacket closes with the buttons at the front. Each cuff of the jacket closes with two buttons. It appears to have never been worn or worn very little.
Shoulders: 14" across
Sleeves: 23" long
Bust: 16" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: 13" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 21" from neck to hem
Waist: 12-15" flat across from side to side
Length: 27" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.