To the list of those souls lost to COVID-19, add the name of the pioneering fashion designer Kenzo Takada, who died this month at a Paris hospital at the age of 81. Takada — whose fashion company was known by his first name, Kenzo — helped bring Japanese fashion to the world, paving the way for many later Japanese designers. Takada, who was one of the first men to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, arrived in Paris in 1964. Initially planning a short stay, he ended up spending the rest of his life there, opening his first store in 1970 and presenting playful, exuberant fashion shows until the 1990s; later, he designed for opera and presented a homewares collection. Here, he’s seen as a young man with Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida in 1977 (she had just awarded him the title of one of the
Before Kenzo, it was hard for many in the fashion world to imagine an Asian designer at the top of Paris haute couture. After Kenzo, Asian talent drawing inspiration from the East and beyond transformed the industry.
Japan-born Kenzo Takada, who died at age 81 on Oct. 4 near Paris, brought the roominess and boxiness of the kimono to contemporary clothing as well as bold floral designs and jungle prints. His models sometimes danced on the runway.
“My common theme was ‘freeing the body from clothing,’ ” Mr. Takada wrote in a series of autobiographical essays for the Nikkei newspaper published in December 2016 and later translated into English. “Rather than squeezing the body tightly, I wanted to make clothes that focused on the wearability of a loose silhouette.”
The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died in Paris after contracting Covid-19, a spokesperson has announced. He was 81.
Takada, known best by his first name, was the first designer from Japan to break into the city’s exclusive fashion milieu in the 1970s.
His prêt-à-porter designs with their trademark profusion of bright colours, flowers and jungle prints were a far cry from the traditional Parisian mode of the time, when chic salon presentations were largely prim and proper affairs.
Kenzo, who died at the American hospital on Sunday, was famous not only for his clothes, but went on to create a global brand of perfume and skin products. At the time of his death he was acting honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation.
Born in February 1939, at Himeji near Osaka, his parents ran a hotel. He was
The Japanese fashion designer who founded Kenzo died from Covid-19 complications yesterday in a hospital near Paris.
A spokesperson for the famed creative confirmed Kenzo Takada’s death just four days after his eponymous brand showed its Spring/Summer 2021 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Despite leaving the brand in 1999 to enjoy a “permanent holiday”, the 81-year-old was still involved in maintaining Kenzo’s image and working on K3, the luxury homeware and lifestyle brand he introduced last January, almost 50 years after founding fashion brand Jungle Jap, which later became known as Kenzo.
Japanese fashion lovers, politicians and friends of Kenzo Takada paid tribute to the designer on Monday after he died in Paris aged 81 having contracted coronavirus.
Junko Koshino, who went to fashion school with Takada in Tokyo, told local media she could not believe news of his death.
“I won’t be able to see him even if I go to Paris. I miss him,” said Koshino, who last visited her friend in February in the French capital.
“I called him afterwards and said, ‘Please take care. Don’t go out.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry, I won’t. I’ll be careful (about the virus).'”
Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, was the first Japanese designer to decamp to Paris, and was renowned for his signature floral prints.
“I’m truly shocked… I was inspired by the colours,” said one fan on Twitter. “I hate the coronavirus. It takes away so many things.”
PARIS (AP) — Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.
The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death.… Read More Read more
Oct. 5 (UPI) — Famed Japanese designer Kenzo Takada of the Kenzo fashion house died in Paris on Sunday, his K 3 luxury brand said. He was 81.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned that our dear friend Kenzo Takada passed away today,” the statement said. “He was an inspiring and prodigious creator and we were proud to collaborate with him and his exceptional team. We will always remember his smile and his joie de vivre.”
The cause of Takada’s death was complications of the coronavirus, which he had been battling for a couple of weeks, both The New York Times and Japan’s Kyodo News reported.
Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the artistic director of the Kenzo brand, mourned Takada’s death in a statement, describing the designer’s energy, kindness and talent as “contagious.”
“His kindred spirit will live forever,” Baptista said. “Rest in peace, Master.”
Born in Hyogo Prefecture
The fashion world has paid tribute to the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, who has died aged 81 after contracting Covid-19 in France, describing him as a man of “energy, kindness and talent” whose international outlook and attitude towards women’s clothes were ahead of their time.
Models and designers took to social media to pay tributes to Takada, who was commonly referred to by his given name, Kenzo.
“So sad to hear of your loss today … will always remember your smile and humble demeanour … and positivity you shined on us all,” Naomi Campbell said on her Instagram account. “Rest with the angels.”
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Pat Cleveland, a pioneering African American model whom Takada championed, said her “heart was broken” over the death of her “dear friend”. She added: “He was such a
Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.
The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died fromin a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death.
“It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder,” the fashion house said in a statement. “For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry — always infusing creativity and color into the world.”
Takada’s death came at the tail end of Paris Fashion Week, whose nine-day calendar is undertaking an unusual fashion season for spring-summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was only days ago that the Kenzo fashion house
Kenzo Takada, the founder of global fashion company Kenzo, has died at the age of 81 from coronavirus.
The Japanese fashion designer was at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, when he died on 4 October.
Takada was born in Japan but moved to Paris in 1964, at which point he began his fashion career. In 1970, he launched his namesake fashion line, which proved wildly popular with its loud colours and vibrant prints.
Kenzo was later purchased by luxury conglomerate LVMH in 1993, with Takada retiring from the company in 1999.
After stepping down from his eponymous line, the designer continued to pursue other creative pursuits, including most recently a luxury homeware and lifestyle brand called K-3.
“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada,” the company said in a statement.