Ken Okada, the Simple Beauty of Shirts

03.02.2019

 

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Inside the Ken Okada boutique in Paris’ 7th arrondissement, the arial decor gives you the impression that you are floating among the clouds. But the focus here should be on the shirt. Okada, graduate of the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, has become somewhat a specialist. It might sound like a classic, but the clothes she creates are wholly out of the ordinary. They are a synthesis of the Japanese art of the cut, and a Parisian chicness, taking inspiration from kimonos as well as Kabuki theatre costumes.

Okada intially wanted to become a painter, but is now one of the most reputed stylists in France as well as in Japan. Ever since having participated in the event ‘The history of the shirt by Ken Okada’ at the famed Galeries Lafayette in 2009, the designer’s creations have not ceased to become more daring and more exciting. ‘A beautiful garment takes work’, she says. ‘It might seem simple, but it is in fact very complicated.’

Year on year, Okada organises runway shows in Paris, sometimes over bridges (October 2009) or in the centre of the city, allowing passers by to participate in the joy of the spectacle.

 

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