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'Kenzo' Founder and Designer Kenzo Takada Dies at 81 — Cause of Death Revealed

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 05, 2020
05:23 A.M.
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On Sunday, October 4, 2020, fashion designer Kenzo Takada sadly passed away. The founder of the “Kenzo” brand was 81-years-old at the time of his death.


Kenzo Takada, the Japanese fashion designer and the founder of the “Kenzo” brand, passed away over the weekend. The star passed away during Paris Fashion Week after being sick for a few weeks.

Takada’s official Instagram page and his clothing brand’s page both confirmed the news of the star’s death. The businessman’s account called the late designer “an inspiring and prodigious creator.”

Kenzo Takada at a book signing as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 02, 2019, in Paris, France | Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images



It wrote that he would be remembered for his smile and exuberant enjoyment of life. The page, that also shared a black-and-white photo of the star smiling broadly, also noted:

“The fashion, design world and all of us are mourning him tonight and extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones.”



Takada’s fashion brand celebrated his life and mourned him in a separate post. The brand shared a throwback image of the fashion designer painting a mural of his face.

Kenzo Takada grew up very passionate about sewing and drawing.

In an ode to him, the brand also revealed how contagious the star’s energy, talent, smile, and kindness were. “Kenzo” vowed that the founder’s kindred spirit would live forever and offered him a peaceful rest.



At the time of his death, Takada was in Paris, France, according to his spokesperson told a French newspaper. The spokesperson shared how the fashion designer died from complications from the novel coronavirus disease.

Last Wednesday, designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista premiered “Kenzo’s” spring/summer 2021 collection at the Paris Fashion Week. Takada was born in Himeji near Osaka on February 27, 1939.



The fashion designer grew up very passionate about sewing and drawing. These were skills that were taught to his sisters and not him.

In 1965, he arrived in Marseilles by boat where he planned to stay for six months. Instead, the fashion designer ended up moving to Paris and staying there for 56 years.



Four years later, Takada launched his first collection from his boutique in the Galerie Vivienne. In 1976, he moved nearby Place des Victoires and opened his Paris fashion house.

The designer started off with feminine lines before branching into menswear, perfumes, and so much more. His spokesperson said the star is survived by his family in Japan.



Another famous fashion designer who died in the last two years is Karl Lagerfeld. The creative director of Chanel, Fendi, and the Karl Lagerfeld line passed away last February at age 85.

The news came several weeks after Lagerfeld missed Chanel’s spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris on January 22, 2019. This led to reports that he was suffering from poor health.


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