Legendary fashion dressmaker Kenzo Takada died in the French capital on Sunday from the novel coronavirus, a spokesperson announced.
The famend Japanese founder of the Paris-based ready-to-wear graph residence Kenzo succumbed to the virus at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
He used to be 81. Kenzo, as he was known, made his way to Paris at the age of 26.
He situated his label in the city and was once the first Japanese clothier to acquire repute amid the excessive competition in the world fashion capital.
Born in 1939 in the Japanese city of Himeji, he studied at the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo before making his way to France by boat, landing in the port city of Marseille and later traveling north to Paris.
In 1993, Kenzo had sold his label to the luxury fashion conglomerate LVMH Group, retiring in 1999 and spending his time considering on singular projects.
The designer, regarded for being prolific and playful, was celebrated for his floral prints and daring patterns in his work ranging from apparel to footwear, as well as perfume.
Kenzo was once additionally a painter and offered his works frequently at auctions.
The fashion designer opened his first boutique in Paris in 1970, launched a womenswear collection that identical 12 months and some other line for men in 1983.
He launched his first fragrance 5 years later. Now, three stores in Paris bear his name, with boutiques in multiple international locations from Iceland to Mexico to Taiwan.