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Discover 5 of the Japanese designers who have marked our time, from the avant-garde to the revolutionary styles. Discover 5 names of Japanese designers, their history and their brand.

5 famous Japanese designers

Paris is recognized as a city of fashion (along with London, Milan and New York) and this is thanks to its mythical brands such as Louis Vuitton or Chanel and the great couturiers associated with them.

However, Japan also has its prodigies, its creative talents with their so particular styles.

With Ken Okada Paris go to meet 5 Japanese designers, their history and their brand namely: Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Ken Okada.

Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji Yamamoto's story

Yohji Yamamoto is a Japanese designer born in 1943 in Tokyo to a seamstress mother who was widowed after her husband died in the war.

After pursuing his law degree, Yohji Yamamoto was one of the very few boys to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, where he graduated; he was awarded two prizes, one of which won him a trip to Paris.

In the capital, he tried to sell, without success, his designs, then returned to Japan.

He founded his brand Y's in 1972 and carved his reputation around his rigor. A few years later, he presented his creations at Tokyo Fashion Week.

Today, Y's is the most popular brand in Japan.

Today he is one of Japan's leading fashion designers thanks to an innovative style.

His brand: Y's

His fashion, which he acknowledges is unattainable, "aims to free women from traditional constraints."

He is sometimes perceived more as an artist than a fashion designer, which he refutes, pointing out that his "clothes are bought by people and worn on a daily basis, so they cannot be considered works of art. "

Yohji Yamamoto uses the male wardrobe, hijacks it, to adapt it to women: "I always wondered who decided that men's and women's clothes should be different. Men probably," he says.

This avant-gardist does not follow trends, most of his outfits are black or in dark colors.

The clothes are unusually loose. He is inspired by men's outfits to dress the woman whom he criticizes for showing too much skin, he prefers the discreet sensuality of women who do not reveal too much.

Kenzo Takada

The history of Kenzo Takada

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada was born in 1939 in Himeji At the age of 19 he entered the" Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo" the first year it opened its doors to men.

He will then become a fashion designer at Renoma.

He will then become style manager for textiles at Pisanti.

In parallel, he sells sketches to big names such as Féraud , Elle, Le Jardin des modes, and various style offices such as Peclers and that of Printemps.

We are currently mourning the death of this monument of the fashion world, taken in October 2020 from the effects of covid-19 disease in France near Paris.

His brand: Kenzo

He founded his brand "JUNGLE JAP in the 1970s. This brand will take the name Kenzo in 1980.

Far from the monochrome colors of Yamamoto, Kenzo's style is an explosion of colors, modern exoticism, colorful, ethnic and romantic.

The lines are often unstructured and asymmetrical, straight while remaining flexible , he was able to reinterpret the kimono with talent.

Kenzo is also the spirit of celebration, transcontinental friendships, multiculturalism where Western, Japanese, Oriental, South American, American and ethnic influences are mixed in joy.

Issey Miyake

The history of Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan , he was a survivor of the bombing that killed more than 200,000 people.

A trauma from which the artist remains mute. He studied graphic art at the University of Tama Art and very early his goal is to revolutionize the aesthetics of the world of fashion, one of his first shows in Japan in 1963 is entitled "A poem of Cloth and Stone".

He moved to Paris and became a graduate of the Chambre syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. The Japanese designer becomes an assistant at Guy Laroche and then Givenchy . At the end of the 60s he works in New York alongside Geoffrey Beane.


He is one of the pioneers of Japanese fashion in France before Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, He is considered the founding father of this new school of Japanese fashion avant-garde

His brand: Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake founded the "Miyake Design Studio" in Tokyo in 1970.

His style is more than innovative. Western women's clothing has historically been designed to expose the contours of the body, Issey Miyake, in contrast, imagines large, loose-fitting garments, such as jackets with no traditional construction and minimal details or buttons.

His dresses often have, a simple straight shape, and his large coats with oversized proportions can be worn by both men and women. He challenges not only the conventions in the construction of clothing, but also the normative concept of fashion.

All this at a time when most traditional Western designers were opting for the opposite direction, tighter fits and greater classicism.

Japan's avant-garde vision of fashion stood in opposition to conventional Western fashion.

Rei Kawakubo

The story of Rei Kawakubo

Rei Kawakubo born in Japan in Tokyo in 1942, this Japanese fashion designer has distinguished herself especially since the '80s through a unique and Antifashion style.

The first Japanese fashion designer on this list is considered a rebel, a code breaker in the fashion world.

Yohji Yamamoto' s former companion has nothing to envy her.

Contrary to her fellow designers, this Japanese designer has no degree or specialized training, she is self-taught and studied literature and fine arts.

His brand: Comme des garçons

She first launched the Comme des Garçons brand in 1969 in Japan.

Her first fashion show took place in 1975 in Tokyo and then she launched a men's line in 1978. The brand Comme des Garçons paraded for the first time at the Paris Fashion Week in 1981, it was a shock and the professional press went wild.

His style: unstructured silhouettes and volumes, the omnipresence of black, gray and then reds and whites, the unfinished hems are the reference.

As its name indicates the brand wants to be androgynous and unisex. It is modernized and rejuvenated recently especially with the collaboration Converse x Comme des Garçons.

Ken Okada

Ken Okada's story

The Japanese designer now in her fifties born to an architect father.

His childhood will be marked by various trips and escapades that will feed Ken Okada's creativity.

His father's profession will also leave its mark on the young woman who will draw much inspiration from architecture for her future creations. Ken Okada just like her colleagues Kenzo Takada or Yohji Yamamoto, will enter the selective Bunka Fashion college from which she will graduate.

The young woman will also be inspired by architecture for her future creations.

At the end of her studies the Japanese designer will move to France in Paris, where she will settle permanently without ever forgetting her Japanese origins.

His brand: Ken Okada Paris

The Japanese designer founded her eponymous brand in Paris, France in 2001.

Ken Okada paris is a brand specializing in high-end shirts.

The brand offers Japanese style intertwined with French class and Parisian allure.

Ken Okada likes to draw inspiration from her customers for her designs while adding her distinctive Japanese touch through pastel colors, loose and asymmetrical cuts, and colorful and floral prints.

The brand wants to be high-end and with a designer aspect, so the Japanese designer wants to be demanding and pays particular attention to details such as the finishes and the visible clips: the couture signature of the brand. The designer brand, Japanese and high-end specializes in the shirt and is increasingly oriented towards a unisex style, Japanese, with limited and detailed collections, as well as a production increasingly made in France in the workshop of the store in the 7th Parisian district at 1 bis rue de la chaise.


The refined and creative decoration is repeated as much in the creations as in the store nicknamed dreamy cocoon with its airy, white decor created by an architect.

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