Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies in Paris from Covid-19

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies in hospital in Paris after contracting coronavirus

  • Kenzo Takada, 81, died in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just next to Paris 
  • He is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his brand is world famous 
  • A spokesman said that he died from coronavirus while in hospital today 

The Japanese fashion designer who founded Kenzo died from coronavirus today in a hospital in Paris. 

Kenzo Takada, 81, died in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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

The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famed for its colourful and quirky designs. 

He developed his love for fashion quickly while reading his sisters’ magazines and went to Paris for the first time in 1965 when he was 26.

Kenzo Takada, 81, died from coronavirus in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris, today


The Japanese-French designer is known worldwide under his first name Kenzo and his fashion brand is famed for its colourful and quirky designs

He had intended to leave Paris and return to Japan after just a few months but because he had vowed not to leave until he had created something there, he stayed longer. 

Five years later he used just $200 worth of fabric to create his first fashion collection. 

And in the same year, Elle magazine featured his clothing on its front cover.   


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

Kenzo opened his flagship store, Kenzo, in the Place des Victoires in October 1976. Pictured: A Kenzo catwalk at his autumn/winter 1986-1987 show 

The year after that, he won the Fashion Editor Club of Japan’s prize.

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

He then continued to make a name for himself by holding his fashion shows in circus tents between 1978 and 1979.

The talented designer ended the shows by riding onto the catwalk on an elephant.

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