Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies after catching Covid-19 aged 81

The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died in Paris after contracting Covid-19, a spokesperson has announced. He was 81.

Kenzo Takada wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

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Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Takada, known best by his first name, was the first designer from Japan to break into the city’s exclusive fashion milieu in the 1970s.

His prêt-à-porter designs with their trademark profusion of bright colours, flowers and jungle prints were a far cry from the traditional Parisian mode of the time, when chic salon presentations were largely prim and proper affairs.

Kenzo, who died at the American hospital on Sunday, was famous not only for his clothes, but went on to create a global brand of perfume and skin products. At the time of his death he was acting honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation.

Born in February 1939, at Himeji near Osaka, his parents ran a hotel. He was

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Courtesy of Marine Serre
Courtesy of Marine Serre

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