Kenzo Takada remembered for style that meant ‘freedom for the woman’s body’

Critics and models voice heartbreak over death of Japanese designer who was ahead of his time when it came to women’s fashion

The fashion world has paid tribute to the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, who has died aged 81 after contracting Covid-19 in France, describing him as a man of “energy, kindness and talent” whose international outlook and attitude towards women’s clothes were ahead of their time.

Models and designers took to social media to pay tributes to Takada, who was commonly referred to by his given name, Kenzo.

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