Kenzo founder Kenzo Takada dies of Covid-19 aged 81

Takada was the first Japanese designer to make a mark on the Paris fashion scene

Japan’s most famous fashion designer, Kenzo Takada, the founder of the global Kenzo brand, has died in Paris after contracting Covid-19, his spokesman said.

Takada, the first Japanese designer to gain prominence on the highly-competitive Paris fashion scene, died on Sunday in the American hospital of Paris. He was 81.

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