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Kenzo Takada

Kenzo Takada (8) Eye-opening lessons and the prestigious Souen Award

Camaraderie and rivalry helped shape my eventful second year at design school

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The work for which I won the Soen Award

It was in my second year at Bunka Fashion College, as I moved into the design curriculum, that a bright future finally began to dawn. What helped me emerge from my dark tunnel was the mentor and rivals I met at school.

Chie Koike, who established the design curriculum, was an up-and-coming leader who had experienced studying alongside the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. Her courses were the most interesting.

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