The Japanese founder of the famous fashion brand Kenzo succumbed to Covid-19 related complications; he was 81. Tributes have poured in from all across the world for Kenzo Takada who died on Sunday at the American Hospital in Paris.
Takada is well known for his colourful graphics, jungle-inspired prints and was the first Japanese designer to gain fame on Paris fashion shows.
With his “nearly 8,000 designs” under his belt, the Japanese designer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living”, his spokesman said.
Immense tristesse d’appendre la disparition de Kenzo. Quel créateur ! Il avait donné à la couleur et à la lumière toute leur place dans la mode. Paris pleure aujourd’hui un de ses fils. Pensées à sa famille, ses proches et toutes celles et ceux qui l’ont aimé. https://t.co/Im2WtVoTZE
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 4, 2020
At a time when everything can seem very dark, it’s worth remembering the legacy of Kenzo Takada, the great designer who died today of Covid, and who believed in joy: “Fashion is not for the few — it is for all the people. It should not be too serious.” https://t.co/8FHk8RfnkO
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) October 4, 2020
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AN ODE TO OUR FOUNDER 🙏🏻🖤 It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, Kenzo Takada. For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and color into the world. Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. “It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious. His kindred spirit will live forever. Rest in peace Master.” -@felipeoliveirabaptista