Kenzo Takada obituary

Japanese designer at the forefront of 1970s fashion whose blend of east and west created an internationally successful brand

Kenzo Takada, who has died aged 81 after contracting Covid-19, was the first internationally successful Japanese designer and, for more than a decade after his Paris debut in 1970, was a major influence on world taste in dress.

This was only fair, since his work synthesised traditional and genre clothes and ornaments from east and west, north and south, into a fashion without frontiers. He had been based in the French capital from 1964, and made it his home for the rest of his life.

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