Kenzo, Japan’s most famous fashion designer, died Sunday of COVID-19 at the age of 81.
Kenzo Takada was the first Japanese designer to make his mark in Paris, where he made his entire career and became famous.
The designer, who sold his clothing brand to giant LVMH in 1993 and retired from fashion six years later, is known for his graphic and floral prints. The designer with eternal teenage look launched a design streak at the start of the year.
In a press release on Sunday, the spokesman said, “Kenzo Takad (81 years old) died on Sunday October 4, 2020 in the American Hospital Neuilly Sur Seine as a result of the Covid-19 virus.
Born on February 27, 1939 in Himeji near Osaka, Kenzo Takada is passionate about drawing and knitting, and he studied with his sisters. He arrived in France in 1965, by boat in the port of Marseille, and ascended to Paris, which fascinated him. Believing that it only passed, he settled there permanently.
His first collection dates back to 1970, and was designed from a shop in Galerie Vivienne. In 1976 he moved to a larger location, Place des Victoires, and established his trademark under his first name alone. His first line for men dates back to 1983, his first fragrance (Kenzo Kenzo) from 1988. In 1993, the brand was bought by the luxury group LVMH. Kenzo Takada left fashion in 1999 for more custom projects.
His spokesman said the Japanese designer “with nearly eight thousand designs” never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living.