PARIS (Reuters) – Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo fashion house, died Sunday at the age of 81, the brand said. A spokesperson for the fashion designer told French media that Takada died of complications related to the coronavirus.
Known for his striking motifs and original silhouettes, Takada started with a small store in Paris and quickly rose to stardom.
“Paris is mourning one of its sons today,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted.
Ralph Toledano, President of the French Federation of Haute Couture, noted Takada's contribution to writing “a new fashion page at the crossroads of East and West.”
(Mathieu Roseman, Nicolas Delam and Sarah White; Translated by Caleb Davis. Editor Marina Bobrova)