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Some of the first design sketches I sold in Paris
Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (13) My first taste of success in Paris

Channeling months of inspiration, I produced designs bought by Elle and others

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It was 1965, and Sylvie Vartan's song "Cherchez l'idole" was a hit. It was the beginning of the pop music style known as ye-ye. Along the Champs Elysees, in Saint Germain de Pres, youth culture was blooming everywhere.

My daily routine included gazing into the windows of the Printemps department store and the Galeries Lafayette from the hotel into which I had just moved, walking along the Rue Saint-Honore, with its myriad boutiques, to the Champs Elysees, and sitting in cafes observing the clothes worn by the people who came and went.

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