Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, better known as Kenzo, also the name of his fashion house, died of coronavirus at the age of 81. This was announced in a note by a spokesperson, explaining that the designer “died Sunday 4 October 2020 at the American hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine (near Paris) for Covid-19”.
He was the first Japanese designer to settle in Paris, where he spent his entire career. Indeed, it was in the French capital that the designer gained international fame, moving immediately after graduating in 1964.
His designs were inspired by the jungle scene of painter Henri Rousseau, which he merged with Asian styles. Since 1993, Kenzo has been owned by LVMH, and remains a respected fixture of Paris