Kenzo Takada, Founder of Kenzo, Dead at 81 Due to COVID-19

Kenzo Takada, designer and founder of Kenzo, died Sunday from Covid-19.

He was 81.

via Mirror:

A spokesman for the fashion star, who was 81, confirmed the sad news, according to RT.

The Japanese designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo.

Takada was the first Japanese designer to gain prominence in the highly-competitive Paris fashion scene.

He got his first big break when Elle featured one of his designs on its cover in June 1970.

The next year, the artist – who has dressed celebs such as Beyonce and Rihanna – won the Fashion Editor Club of Japan’s prize.

In October 1976, Kenzo opened his flagship store, Kenzo, in the Place des Victoires.

The talented designer continued to make a name for himself by holding his fashion shows in circus tents in 1978 and 1979.

He added more flair by ending the shows by riding onto the catwalk on an elephant.

Takada even had the chance to direct a film called Yume, yume no ato, which was released in 1981.

Kenzo announced his retirement in 1999 to pursue a career in art.

In January 2020, Takada announced that he would be launching a new lifestyle brand named K3.

The brand made its first appearance at the Maison et Objet trade show in 17 January 2020.

Takada’s significant other Xavier de Castella died in 1990.


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