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A glimpse, a gaze, a dance, a stance, a burst of joy, a pause for reflection—fixed in the moment. Feurer’s images from the 80s and 90s for Kenzo captured the house’s stoic worldliness, bringing out its candid and whole hearted celebration of ethnic dress from all over the globe—a natural and unforced willingness to become a citizen of the world. This attitude is essential to Kenzo’s mythology as a Parisian designer and as a Japanese in a foreign land. If Issey Miyake avoided the label of “exotic,” Kenzo embraced it, not to highlight that he was an outsider but to show that perhaps, somewhere in the world, we all are.
Perhaps it’s because he’s an outsider himself that has made Antonio Marras’ time at Kenzo and realization of the house’s spirit so memorable and exact. Residing on the island of Sardinia, Marras sits pleasantly outside of the huss and fuss of Milan or Paris, able to create his own world without pressures from another. Marras has pursued an indvidualistic spirit at Kenzo, removed from the trends and popular currents, creating something entirely his own. After 40 years, it’s hard to imagine a stronger legacy than what Kenzo Takada and Antonio Marras have built.