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The Japanase fashion designer, Kenzo Takada, has died.

The 81-year-old designer, famous for saying he wants to create "happy clothes" passed away in Paris on Sunday. His spokesperson released a statement saying his death was due to complications from Covid-19.

The Sowetan reports that he died at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the capital. Takada was based in Paris since the seventies when he moved there from Tokyo.


Takada opened his first boutique in Paris and started his own fashion label 50 years ago. He is often credited for bringing Japanese fashion to Europe and the rest of the world.

In the early nineties, the Kenzo label was bought by LVMH, the world's biggest luxury group. In the late nineties, Takada resigned from the fashion world after he said he wanted to pursue a career in art.

Watch the France24 video below for more on what the late designer, Kenzo Takada, achieved in his life before he died from Covid-19 complications.

Image credits: Instagram and People

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