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Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies in hospital in Paris after contracting coronavirus


Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies in hospital in Paris after contracting coronavirus

  • Kenzo Takada, 81, died in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, next to Paris
  • He is known worldwide by his first name Kenzo and his brand is world famous
  • A spokesman said he died of coronavirus in hospital today

The Japanese fashion designer who founded Kenzo died of coronavirus in a hospital in Paris today.

Kenzo Takada, 81, died in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

An 81-year-old spokesman for the fashion star confirmed the sad news, according to RT.

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide by his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famous for its colorful and whimsical designs.

Kenzo was known for seamlessly blending traditional Japanese fashion design with modern Western style.

Reading his sisters' magazines, he quickly developed a love of fashion and went to Paris for the first time in 1965 at the age of 26.

Kenzo Takada, 81, died today of coronavirus in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris

Winnie Harlow walks down the runway with Kenzo

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide by his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famous for its colorful and whimsical designs

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide by his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famous for its colorful and whimsical designs

He had planned to leave Paris and return to Japan after only a few months, but because he had vowed not to leave until he had done something there, he stayed longer.

Five years later, he used only $ 200 worth of fabric to create his first fashion collection.

And that same year Elle magazine featured his clothes on the cover.

An 81-year-old spokesman for the fashion star confirmed the sad news, according to RT

Kenzo and Coco Rocha attended the Giambattista Valli Show last March

An 81-year-old spokesman for the fashion star confirmed the sad news, according to RT

Kenzo opened its Kenzo flagship store on Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: A Kenzo catwalk at his 1986-1987 Fall / Winter show

Kenzo opened its Kenzo flagship store on Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: A Kenzo catwalk at his 1986-1987 Fall / Winter show

As his fashion brand grew steadily as more and more people were exposed to it, Kenzo also dived into the perfume world. Pictured: Kenzo's Spring / Summer 2019 fashion show

As his fashion brand grew steadily, as more and more people were exposed to it, Kenzo also dived into the perfume world. Pictured: Kenzo's Spring / Summer 2019 fashion show

Kenzo releases butterflies during the birthday cake lights during the Kenzo Takada birthday party as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020

Kenzo releases butterflies during the birthday cake lights during the Kenzo Takada birthday party as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020

The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo welcomes the audience at the end of his ready-to-wear fashion in autumn / winter 1998/99

The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo welcomes the audience at the end of his ready-to-wear fashion in autumn / winter 1998/99

In 1983, two models wear an Haute Couture dress and a bullfighting uniform by the matador by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo

In 1983, two models wear an Haute Couture dress and a bullfighting uniform by the matador by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo

Kenzo at his fall / winter 1991-1992 fashion show in Paris

Kenzo at his fall / winter 1991-1992 fashion show in Paris

Kenzo signs one of his paintings during the opening of an exhibition of his work at the art auction house Hampel in Munich in 2008

Kenzo signs one of his paintings during the opening of an exhibition of his work at the art auction house Hampel in Munich in 2008

The following year he won the Fashion Editor Club of Japan award.

Kenzo opened its Kenzo flagship store on Place des Victoires in October 1976.

He then made a name for himself by holding his fashion shows in circus tents between 1978 and 1979.

The talented designer ended the shows by riding an elephant on the catwalk.

As his fashion brand grew steadily, as more and more people were exposed to it, Kenzo also dived into the perfume world.

Since 1993, the Kenzo brand has belonged to the French luxury goods company LMVH, which also includes brands such as Fendi, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.

He announced his retirement from fashion in 1999 to pursue a career in the arts. The designers Roy Krejberg and Gilles Rosier took over the design of Kenzos men's and women's clothing.

Kenzo was awarded a Legion of Honor (the highest order of merit for military and / or civilian merits) in 2016. In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 55th Fashion Editors & # 39; Club of Japan Award.

Occasionally he ventured back into the fashion world, for example when he designed the costumes for Madame Butterfly in 2019.

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