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AFP
October 5, 2020

Kenzo Takada dies from Covid

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AFP
October 5, 2020

Paris: Japan´s most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in Paris on Sunday after contracting Covid-19, his spokesman said.

Takada, the first Japanese designer to gain prominence in the highly-competitive Paris fashion scene, died in the American Hospital of Paris, the spokesman said in a statement. He was 81. His death comes 50 years after he launched his first collection in Paris.

He retired from fashion in 1999, six years after selling his eponymous fashion brand to luxury conglomerate LVMH, and dedicated his time to one-off projects, including a design collection at the start of this year.

Takada came to France from his native Japan in 1965 by boat, landing in Marseille before making his way to Paris.