Japanese-French designer and the founder of the brand Kenzo, Kenzō Takada, has died aged 81 from COVID-19 complications.
Reports from CNN Style state, Kenzō died in Paris earlier today from COVID-19 complications. Takada’s brand K-3 released a statement saying: “It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzō Takada. 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.”
Takada gained attention in the ’70s. His loud designs made a huge impact on the fashion industry with his focus on a jungle aesthetic often using florals.
“Immense sadness to hear of Kenzo’s disappearance. What a creator! He had given color and light their place in fashion. Paris is today mourning one of her sons. Thoughts of his family, loved ones and all those who loved him”. https://t.co/Im2WtVoTZE
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 4, 2020 (Translated from French)
Kenzō announced his retirement in 1999 so he could pursue a career in art full-time. He continued to work until he passed this year. K-3, his brand had only just launched at the beginning of the year, having made an appearance at a Paris fashion show in January.
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