The Japanese fashion designer who founded Kenzo died from coronavirus today in a hospital near Paris.
Kenzo Takada, 81, died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, five miles from the city centre, a spokesman for the fashion star confirmed.
The self-made Japanese and French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo, with his fashion brand famed for its colourful and eccentric designs.
His death comes just four days after the brand showed its spring/summer 2021 collection at Paris fashion Week.
Despite leaving the brand in 1999 to enjoy a 'permanent holiday' of a retirement Kenzo was still involved in maintaining the designer's seamless mix of traditional Japanese fashion with modern western style that it is famed for.
He developed his love for fashion quickly while reading his sisters' magazines and went to Paris for the first time in 1965 when he was 26.
Kenzo Takada, 81, died from coronavirus in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, today
The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famed for its colourful and quirky designs
He had intended to leave Paris and return to Japan after just a few months but because he had vowed not to leave until he had created something there, he stayed longer.
Five years later he used just $200 worth of fabric to create his first fashion collection.
And in the same year, Elle magazine featured his clothing on its front cover.
A spokesman for the fashion star, who was 81, confirmed the sad news, according to RT
Kenzo opened his flagship store, Kenzo, in the Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: A Kenzo catwalk at his autumn/winter 1986-1987 show
Kenzo releases butterflies during the birthday cake illumintion during the Kenzo Takada Birthday Party as part of the Paris fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020
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