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'In those days, the Europeans didn't know if we were Japanese, Korean or Chinese. There was no difference to them and the attitude towards Asians was almost condescending because in the 1960s, during the post-war period, "made in Japan" was not good.' - Mr Takada (seen with his self-portrait in Monaco on Dec 1, 2014).
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STRETCHING THE BOUNDARIES A model presenting a creation by designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as part of their Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection for Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week in September.

A Japanese pioneer in Paris

Breaking boundaries and having a sense of adventure is key to creative success, according to fashion legend Kenzo Takada.
Dec 13, 2014 5:50 AM

WEARING his signature sunglasses, framing a barely lined face and a debonair streak of white in his hair, Kenzo Takada is the consummate Parisian gent. For the less well-versed in fashion history, it is almost impossible to imagine the blazer-wearing, soft-spoken septuagenarian as the same man