Kenzo Takada, the Japanese fashion designer who founded the brand Kenzo, died Sunday from COVID-19 complications. He was 81 years old.
Kenzo Takada, iconic Japanese designer, dead at 81
“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada,” a spokesperson for K-3 told CNN in a statement. “The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.”
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It is with great sadness that we have learned that our dear friend Kenzo Takada passed away today. He was an inspiring and prodigious creator and we were proud to collaborate with him. We will always remember his smile and joie de vivre. The fashion, design world and all of us are mourning him tonight and extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones. Kenzo Takada nous a quitté ce jour. Il était un homme formidable et un créateur inspirant. Nous étions fiers de collaborer avec lui. Les mondes de la mode et de la décoration sont en deuil ce soir. Nous garderons en mémoire son sourire et sa joie de vivre communicative.
Kenzo’s creative director, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, also memorialized Takada on Instagram.
Though Takada had been retired from his house since 1999 to pursue a career in art, Kenzo remains one of the most respected fixtures of the high Paris fashion.
Since 1993, the brand Kenzo has been owned by the French luxury goods company LVMH. The current designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista unveiled Kenzo’s spring-summer 2020 to fashion editors on Wednesday.
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