In memoriam: Kenzo Takada

Vibeke Knudsen photographed in a Kenzo dress and skirt ensemble outside Biarritz by Helmut Newton, 1975
Kenzo ensemble photographed in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Vogue, August 1975. Model: Vibeke Knudsen. Photo: Helmut Newton. Image: Vogue Archive.

Farewell to the singular Kenzo Takada, pioneer of the prêt-à-porter.

Kenzo Takada photographed by Deborah Turbeville, Vogue 1975
Kenzo Takada (bottom left) with models in Vogue, February 1975. Photo: Deborah Turbeville. Image: Vogue Archive.

Read his New York Times obituary.

Patterns in Vogue: Striking Gold

Detail, "Striking Gold" photo by Deborah Turbeville, 1979
Detail, Vogue, November 1979. Photo: Deborah Turbeville.

“Striking Gold,” a 1979 editorial by the late Deborah Turbeville, includes a two-page Vogue Patterns spread that has a festive sparkle.

Turbeville’s photo shows four seated models dressed in shimmery charmeuse and lamé; two wear off-the-rack clothing. The two featured patterns (at centre and far right) were made up in gold-pistachio lamé from Bloomingdale’s (click to enlarge):

Striking Gold: Vogue Patterns photographed in gold-pistachio lamé by Deborah Turbeville, 1979
Striking Gold: Vogue Patterns. Vogue, November 1979. Photo: Deborah Turbeville.

The patterns are Vogue 2105 by Christian Dior and Very Easy Vogue 2182 by Oscar de la Renta.

You can see the rest of the shoot at Sighs and Whispers (larger scans at the Fashion Spot).

Happy holidays, everyone!