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Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from coronavirus aged 81

Kenzo Takada, the French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his bold, expressive, and playful approach to haute couture, has died from coronavirus aged 81.

His family said in a statement to French media earlier today the Kenzo founder died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris.

Takada was the first designer from Japan to break into the city’s exclusive fashion milieu in the 1970s.

His pret-a-porter designs with their trademark profusion of bright colours, flowers and jungle prints were a far cry from the traditional Parisian mode of the time, when chic salon presentations were largely prim and proper affairs.

He was famous not only for his clothes, but went on to create a global brand of perfume and skin products.

At the time of his death he was acting honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation.

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