Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Dies at 81

Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Dies at 81
<<enter caption here>> at Conseil Constitutionnel on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France.

Kenzo Takada, the pioneering Japanese fashion designer and founder of Kenzo, died on Sunday, 4 Oct. in Paris after catching COVID-19 at the age of 81.

Takada was the first designer from Japan to enter Paris’s fashion elite in the 1970s, paving the way for fellow iconic Japanese designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe, and Issey Miyake. Takada’s designs for Kenzo includes vibrant, colourful jungle prints for women, men, and children, the brand’s signature tiger motif on more casual pieces, and a wide portfolio of bestselling fragrances, and skin care. Only days before Takada’s death was his brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection for Paris Fashion Week.

“Kenzo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him. In this fresh and spontaneous spirit, he also durably renewed the…

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