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

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

Kenzo Takada, 81, died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, eight kilometers from the city center, a spokesperson for the fashion star confirmed.

The self-made Japanese and French designer is known the world over by his first name Kenzo, with his fashion label renowned for its colorful and eccentric designs.

Her death comes just four days after the brand presented its Spring / Summer 2021 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Although he left the brand in 1999 to take the “permanent vacation” of retirement, Kenzo was still involved in keeping the designer alive. harmonious blend of traditional Japanese fashion with the modern western style for which it is famous.

He quickly developed his love of fashion by reading his sisters’ magazines and went to Paris for the first time in 1965 at the age of 26.

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

Winnie Harlow walks along the podium with Kenzo

The Franco-Japanese designer is known around the world by his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is renowned for its colorful and quirky designs

The Franco-Japanese designer is known around the world by his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is renowned for its colorful and quirky designs

He intended to leave Paris and return to Japan after a few months, but since he had vowed not to leave until he created something there, he stayed longer.

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

And the same year, Elle magazine featured her clothes on its cover.

A spokesperson for the fashion star, 81, confirmed the sad news, according to RT

Kenzo and Coco Rocha attended the Giambattista Valli fashion show in March last year

A spokesperson for the fashion star, 81, confirmed the sad news, according to RT

Kenzo opened its flagship store, Kenzo, on Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: a Kenzo fashion show during its fall / winter 1986-1987 show

Kenzo opened its flagship store, Kenzo, on Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: a Kenzo fashion show during its fall / winter 1986-1987 show

As his fashion brand began to develop gradually, with more and more people being exposed to it, Kenzo also immersed himself in the world of perfume.  Pictured: Kenzo spring / summer 2019 show

As his fashion brand began to develop gradually, with more and more people being exposed to it, Kenzo also immersed himself in the world of perfume. Pictured: Kenzo spring / summer 2019 show

Kenzo throws butterflies at birthday cake illumination at Kenzo Takada's birthday party as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020

Kenzo throws butterflies at birthday cake illumination at Kenzo Takada’s birthday party as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall / Winter 2019/2020

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo waves to the public after his Fall / Winter 1998/99 ready-to-wear

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo waves to the public after his fall / winter 1998/99 ready-to-wear

Two models wear a haute couture gown and matador bullfighting uniform by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo in 1983

Two models wear a haute couture gown and matador bullfighting uniform by Japanese fashion designer Kenzo in 1983

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

Kenzo opened its flagship store, Kenzo, place des Victoires in October 1976.

He then continued to make a name for himself by organizing his fashion shows in circus tents between 1978 and 1979.

The talented designer finished the shows by stepping onto the podium on an elephant back.

As his fashion brand began to develop gradually, with more and more people being exposed to it, Kenzo also immersed himself in the world of perfume.

Kenzo pictured during his Fall / Winter 1991-1992 show in Paris

Kenzo pictured during his Fall / Winter 1991-1992 show in Paris

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

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

Pictured: The Kenzo collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year

Pictured: The Kenzo collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year

Pictured: The Kenzo collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year

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

He announced his retirement from fashion in 1999 to pursue a career in art, leaving designers Roy Krejberg and Gilles Rosier to handle the design of Kenzo’s men’s and women’s clothing.

Kenzo received a Legion of Honor (the highest honor for military and / or civilian merits) in 2016. And he subsequently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 55th Fashion Editors’ Club of Japan Awards in 2017.

He has ventured into the fashion world at times, such as when he designed the costumes for Madame Butterfly in 2019.

In 2019, Takada opened up about his departure from fashion design, telling CNN he still does sketches, but more for luxury fashion.

“I still draw, but not for fashion today. I love fashion, but in fashion you have to do something new every season: new shoots, new concepts, new materials, everything changes so quickly, ”he said. “So I stopped at the right time, I think. Now I make opera costumes.

He added: “Paris for me, I definitely saw it as the capital of fashion and today there is still this certain elegance, French elegance, a French way of dressing”, he declared at the outlet. “A French way of working with fashion definitely influenced me and much later I started to mix other cultures in this specific fashion. Of course now fashion is everywhere; in New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, everywhere. But I think Paris remains very important.

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