In a rude shock to the fashion fraternity, Designer Kenzo Takada breathed his last on October 4, 2020. The renowned Japanese artist died from COVID-19 complications in France, leaving many distraught.
Commenting on his demise, a spokesperson for Takada’s luxury brand K-3 said, “It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada. The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.”
Born in 1939 in Himeji, near Osaka, Takada had arrived in France by boat in 1965. He called the country home and spent decades of his career in the French land. The designer was best known for his colorful graphic and floral prints – most of them inspired by nature and his travels across the globe.
He inaugurated his first flagship store in Paris’ Place des Victoires in 1976 and had steadily risen to fame thereon. LVMH purchased his brand – KENZO in1993 and had elevated his status further up in the industry. Earlier this year, the designer had also launched K-3, a luxury homeware brand.
Expressing grief on his sudden passing away, Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH in a statement said, “Kenzo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him,” He further added, “In this fresh and spontaneous spirit, he also durably renewed the world of perfume. The House he had established, KENZO, still explores his vision. I’m very sad to learn about his passing and express my sincerest sympathy to his family and friends. “
Here’s hoping that Kenzo Takada’s fashion legacy carries on!