Almost 150 Kenzo Takada creations go under the hammer in May (mark your calendar)

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Artcurial is holding an online auction of creations from the personal collection of Kenzo Takada.

May 3-12, the Fashion & Luxury Accessories department of the Artcurial auction house is holding an online sale of creations from the personal collection of Kenzo Takada, who died last October. These will be sold alongside furniture from the Japanese fashion designer's Parisian apartment, May 11.

As the first Japanese fashion designer to break onto the Paris fashion scene, Kenzo Takada soon fell under the charm of the French capital, where he scored dazzling success with creations that celebrated his Japanese roots while also embracing the French way of life. A selection of these original and sometimes previously unseen creations will go under the hammer at Artcurial, May 3-12.

Fans and collectors can bid for 132 lots in the sale, or almost 150 fall/winter and spring/summer pieces. The selection includes both finished models and unfinished prototypes, sometimes with accompanying sketches, created between 2005 and 2008 by the famous designer. The auction house states that estimates range from €30 to €600 (approx. US$35-704).

"The creations of Kenzo Takada were always the fruit of a subtle intermixing between East and West, but also between modernity and traditionalism," explains Artcurial fashion specialist, Clara Vivien. "A style that's recognizable at first glance [with] colorful, floral prints and kimono cuts that earned the designer international renown. We are extremely honored to be able to present the sale of exclusive pieces that have never before been shown to the public."

Highlights include a duchess satin coat with a floral motif on a red background, complete with matching scarf, from fall/winter 2007-2008 (estimation: €300-500 or approx. $350-590), and a red/orange silk taffeta evening coat from the same season (estimation: €300-500 or approx. $350-590). These are joined by kimonos, boleros, shirts, pants, shorts and dresses.

Public exhibition: May 3-10, 2021. Auction: May 3-12, online only, in partnership with Christie's.

Christelle Pellissier