Renowned designer Kenzo Takada passes away due to Covid-19 complications

By Melanie Aiden October 05, 2020
Renowned designer Kenzo Takada passes away due to Covid-19 complications

Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzo Takada recently bid farewell to the worldly realm in favor of his eternal abode after losing his battle to Covid-19 complications at the humble age of 81.

For the unversed, Takada is one of the only Japanese designers to ever break cultural barriers and integrate himself into the inner fashion industry back in the 1970s.

His creations encompassed bright hues with floral and jungle-esque prints, designs that stood in great contrast to the prim and proper fashion of the time.

Confirmation of his death was announced via a spokesperson who spoke to The Guardian. They revealed that the designer died while on a hospital bed in the United States of America. 

The luxury goods company LVMH also released a statement on the event of the designer’s passing and revealed, "Kenzo Takada has, from the 1970s, infused into fashion a tone of poetic lightness and sweet freedom which inspired many designers after him.”

Chairman of the board, and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Arnault, also went on to say, "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."

Takada is known not only for his couture line but also for his dabbles into skincare and even perfumes. A natural born Japanese citizen, Kenzo first moved to France back in 1965 and shortly thereafter, the late innovator became the curator of “nearly 8,000 designs.” Ever since then Takada "never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living."