Japanese founder of the Kenzo fashion brand dies of COVID-19

Japanese founder of the Kenzo fashion brand dies of COVID-19

The Japanese founder of the Kenzo fashion brand Kenzo Takada has died from Covid-19, at the American Hospital in Paris at the age of 81

Known for his colorful graphic and floral prints, he was the first Japanese designer to gain prominence on the Paris fashion scene.

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He settled in France in the 1960s and spent the rest of his career there.

With his “nearly 8,000 designs”, the Japanese designer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living”, his spokesman said.

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “Designer of immense talent, he had given colour and light their place in fashion. Paris is now mourning one of its sons.”

Born in 1939 near Osaka, Kenzo Takada arrived in France in 1965 by boat and settled in Paris.

He founded the internationally known brand under his first name in the 1970s. He launched a men’s line in 1983, and later in 1980s the more casual sportswear lines Kenzo Jeans and Kenzo Jungle.

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