Carol Lim, Humberto Leon and Kenzo Takada - like minded individuals of Asian origins, working and creating in Paris. The similarities don’t end there. These three people, while born decades apart, share common ideas, philosophies and have, in very different ways, revolutionized the experience of ready-to-wear and the understanding and discourse of fashion on a global level. Their approach to fashion is resolutely democratic and instinctual. What they bring to the table is an innate understanding of what people want and a knack for creating highly covetable items. Kenzo Takada founded KENZO in 1970 and retired from his company in 1999 after he sold his stake in the brand to French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, LVMH. Since 2011, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, founders of the success story that is Opening Ceremony, have been Creative Directors. Drawing on Takada’s appreciation for creative, design led clothing, the duo have brought back the fun and highly spirited energy of a brand that was a pioneer in ready-to-wear clothing for men and women and have made it relevant for today. The exhibition at the villa Noailles is a reflection on the different approaches
to design that both of these creative powerhouses have employed during their tenures at KENZO. Visitors will leave with an understanding on how they, in very different ways have made, and continue to make KENZO one of the most keenly observed and appreciated forces in the fashion world today.