World-Renowned Japanese Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Dies from Covid-19

Kenzo Takada

Fashion house Kenzo last day confirmed the death of their founder and the world-famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada passed away from Covid-19 complications. He was 81 years old. Kenzo has been undergoing treatment at the American hospital in Neuilly Seine in Paris. 

“It is with immense sadness that Kenzo has learned of the passing of our founder. For half a century, Mr Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry-always infusing creativity and colour into the world. Today, his optimism, zest to life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”  Said the spokesman of Kenzo on its official Instagram page. 

Born in Japan in 1939, Takada Kanzo was the first Japanese designer to show in Paris six years after first arriving in the city in 1964. 

Kenzo Takada migrated to Paris in the mid-1960s to make a name of his own, producing now-by-now fashion that came to be widely adopted by the industry in recent years. He was a successful, complete and brilliantly original one.  was someone who defied the expectations. In an interview with Financial Times Fashion last year, Kenzo said. 

“Men weren’t allowed into design schools. Being creative was not accepted in Japanese society in the 1950s. And more than anything, my parents opposed the idea of me working in fashion.” Kenzo defied these expectations and became a world renowned fashion designer within a short span of time. By the end of 1970s he was considered as the electric voice of seventies fashion across the globe. 

Clothing and Perfume line-ups by Kenzo 

Takada launched his first men’s collection in 1983. The Limited Stores signed Takada to design a cheaper clothing line. It was titled “Album by Kenzo.”  In 1986, a children’s line called Kenzo Jungle was released by him. 

Takada also marked his presence in the perfume industry. In 1980, he released his first line of 1980 named King Kong. Later in 1988, he began women’s perfume line with Kenzo de Kenzo, Parfum d’ete, Le monde est beau and L’eau par Kenzo. Following this, in 1991, he launched the men’s perfume line called Kenzo pour Homme. 

Another perfume line FlowerbyKenzo launched in 2000 topped the chart in Vogue’s website of the best classic French perfumes of all time. 

Kenzo and LVMH

Kenzo Tekada left the Fashion Industry in 1999 to focus more on artworks. He put other personnel in charge of the business. Since 1993, the Kenzo brand has been owned by the French Luxury goods company LVMH. 

“Kezo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him.” Chairman and chief executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault said while responding to the designer’s passing.  One of the latest works by Takada is the launch of a new lifestyle brand named K3. The brand premiered on 17 January 2020 at the Maison et Objet trade show and Parisian showroom. 

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