Flowers and happiness: Here are some of Kenzo's archival fashion looks from the '80s and '90s

Reta Lee
·Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
·2-min read
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada lights the candles on a large flower-covered cake. He is showing his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada lights the candles on a large flower-covered cake. He is showing his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

As a tribute to the late designer Kenzo Takada, we dug up a few archival looks from Takada’s runway shows and parties he used to throw in Paris in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.

Born in 1939 into a family of hoteliers, Takada studied art before moving to Paris in 1965. According to WWD, Takada left his namesake fashion brand in 1999 after LVMH acquired it, however, he continued to expand on other creative projects such as a line of swimsuits and home accessories.

Takada was known for his love of flowers as evident in his earlier designs and was considered to be the next second-gen of designers to find success in Paris.

According to Vogue, a Newsday reporter once wrote in 1982, “Takada is credited with taking some the pomposity out of good clothes . . . and with putting in a little fun.”

His runway shows were full of energy, with models strutting down in rollerskates, or dancing barefoot to music blasting from speakers – Takada’s designs will forever be remembered as the epitome of love and happiness.

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 15: Kenzo Takada, Azzedine Alaia and Grace Jones attend An Azzedine Alaia fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week in the 1990s in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 15: Kenzo Takada, Azzedine Alaia and Grace Jones attend an Azzedine Alaia fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week in the 1990s in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
A barefoot fashion model wears a floral print skirt and shirt by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada at his spring-summer 1988 fashion show in Paris. Kenzo presented his women's ready-to-wear collection at the show. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
A barefoot fashion model wears a floral print skirt and shirt by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada at his spring-summer 1988 fashion show in Paris. Kenzo presented his women's ready-to-wear collection at the show. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada shows his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. The model is wearing a striped skirt and top with a large sun hat. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada shows his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. The model is wearing a striped skirt and top with a large sun hat. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
A fashion model wears a women's ready-to-wear floral minidress by fashion designer Kenzo Takada for his Japanese fashion house Kenzo at the Spring-Summer 1992 fashion show in Paris. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
A fashion model wears a women's ready-to-wear floral minidress by fashion designer Kenzo Takada for his Japanese fashion house Kenzo at the Spring-Summer 1992 fashion show in Paris. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Fashion designer Kenzo Takada walks the runway at the Kenzo Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1996 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 25, 1996 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 25: Fashion designer Kenzo Takada walks the runway at the Kenzo Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1996 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 25, 1996 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada shows his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. The models are wearing short, colorful dresses with matching feather boas. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada shows his women's 1991 spring-summer ready-to-wear line in Paris. The models are wearing short, colourful dresses with matching feather boas. (Photo by Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)