Kenzo Takada, iconic French-Japanese fashion designer, has died

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. “His kindred spirit will live forever.”

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Kenzo’s styles used bold color, clashing prints and were inspired by travels all over the world.”Kenzo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him,” said Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH.Takada was born on February 27, 1939, in Himeji, in the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan to hoteliers, but after reading his sisters’ fashion magazines his love of fashion began.Studying at the Bunka College of Fashion in Tokyo, Kenzo Takada had a brief stint working in Japan, before relocating to Paris in 1965, to work as a freelance designer. Since 1993, the Kenzo brand has been owned by the French luxury goods company LVMH.”His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious,” said Kenzo artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who unveiled the bee-themed collection to fashion editors Wednesday. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry — always infusing creativity and color into the world.”

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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. But the clothes spoke for themselves and a model of his was put on the cover of Elle magazine. Notable deaths in 2020

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First published on October 4, 2020 / 9:38 PM in 1978 and 1979, he showed in a circus tent, and it featured himself riding an elephant, and performers rode horses wearing see-through uniforms.Takada’s love of travel and use of ethnic influences were strong features in his three decades atop his house.His contribution to style was significant. AP

In Paris, he took over a boutique in 1970 and crystallized his future ready-to-wear aesthetic inspired in its decoration by the jungle scenes of painter Henri Rousseau, which he merged with Asian styles. Takada shared Saint Laurent’s penchant for theatrics. A short time after, pioneering shoulder forms, large armholes, dungarees, smock tent dresses, innovative shoulder shapes, and his store was featured in U.S. “For half a century, Mr. But it was lowly beginnings: Takada’s first collection at the store called was made entirely out of cotton because he had little money. It was only days ago that the Kenzo fashion house unveiled its bee-themed collection there. Jacques Brinon / AP

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 high Paris fashion. Vogue. He was 81. His signatures were of wider sleeves and arm holes, that harked to historic styles in his home continent of Asia. He championed a youthful aesthetic and unstructured form, and did away with zippers to liberate silhouettes. 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. In this December 16, 1977, file photo, Kenzo Takada kisses the hand of Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida after she awarded him as one of the 10 most elegant men in the world. It became influential. Kenzo showed collections in New York and Tokyo in 1971.Yves Saint Laurent was an important inspiration, in his work, Takada has said. In this Tuesday, March 24, 2009, file photo, Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada poses outside his Paris house. Kenzo Takada, iconic French-Japanese fashion designer, has died at age 81

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Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died.