Kenzo Takada: Japanese designer dies from Covid-19
Kenzo Takada attended Paris Fashion Week in February this year
The Japanese founder of the fashion brand Kenzo has died of Covid-19, according to a company spokesman quoted by French media.
Kenzo Takada died at the age of 81 in the American Hospital in Paris.
Known for his colorful graphic and floral prints, he was the first Japanese designer to become famous on the Parisian fashion scene.
He settled in France in the 1960s and spent the rest of his career there.
With his “almost 8,000 designs”, the Japanese designer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living,” said his spokesman.
Kenzo Takada during his 1983-1984 autumn-winter fashion show in Paris
Kenzo Takada was born near Osaka in 1939 and came to France by boat in 1965. He settled in Paris.
In the 1970s he founded the internationally known brand under his first name.
In 1993 he sold his clothing brand to the luxury conglomerate LVMH and retired from fashion six years later.