Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies in hospital in Paris after ...

The Japanese 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 star confirmed.

The self-made Japanese and French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo, with his 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 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 with modern western style that it is famed for. 

He developed his love for 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

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

Winnie Harlow walks down the runway wearing Kenzo

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famed for its colourful and quirky designs

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his 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 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 and Coco Rocha attend the Giambattista Valli show in March last year

A spokesman for the 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 opened his flagship store, Kenzo, in the Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: A Kenzo catwalk at his autumn/winter 1986-1987 show 

As his fashion brand began to steadily grow as more and more people were exposed to it, Kenzo also delved into the perfume world. Pictured: Kenzo's spring/summer 2019 fashion show

As his brand began to steadily grow as more and more people were exposed to it, Kenzo also delved into the perfume world. Pictured: Kenzo's spring/summer 2019 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

Kenzo releases butterflies during the birthday cake illumintion during the Kenzo Takada Birthday Party as part of the Paris Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo salutes the audience at the end of his's ready-to-wear autumn/winter 1998/99

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