Kenzopedia #23: W for...Waves

Waves are a significant theme of the KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 collection, both in the engineered ‘Wave crest’ tailoring and in the waves prints across the men and women’s collections.

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Carol and Humberto have managed to collate a plethora of influences from Orange County ‘80s punk culture to 19th century Japanese engravings,  drawing together California and Japan; two areas separated only by the Pacific Ocean. Japan’s peculiar geographic situation as a volcanic archepalago surrounded by water has meant that the wave is one of the most popular motifs of its artists’ engravings and paintings. The most famous ones are those by the artist Hokusaï (1760-1889), including ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, which depicts a natural phenomenon that is as beautiful as it is hypnotic and intimidating.  


Read Alice Cavanagh’s inspiration piece on the wave crest in the collection here.