Kenzo Takada Biography – Kenzo Takada Wiki
Kenzo Takada was a Japanese-French fashion designer. He was the founder of the global fashion company Kenzo. Born in Himeji, Japan, on 27 February 1939, Takada developed an early interest in fashion through reading his sister’s fashion magazines. Aged 18, he went to Kobe University to purse literature in accordance with his parents’ wishes, but ultimately left for the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo. He moved to France from his native Japan in 1965, to work as a freelance designer.
He worked as a freelance “styliste”, selling sketches to couture houses, and opening his first boutique, Jungle Jap, at Galerie Vivienne in 1970. He went on to build a global brand that encompassed womenswear, menswear, two sportswear lines and a highly successful fragrance business. He created his first collection for women in 1970, his first show for men in 1983 and his first perfume, Kenzo Kenzo, in 1988, according to Al Jazeera.
In 1993, he sold his Kenzo businesses to LVMH for $80.5million (£62million), then retired from fashion in 1999. After his retirement, Takada began working in Projects including Gokan Kobo, a high-end home accessories brand, and in 2016 Avon announced a new partnership with Takada to create a line of fragrances. The Kenzo Takada Collection, a collaboration with the French design house Roche Bobois, was unveiled in the summer of 2017.
Takada became president of the Asian Couture Foundation in 2013, and he was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 2017 Fashion Editors’ Club of Japan Awards. He also continued to support the brand he founded – he attended the Kenzo autumn/winter 2020 show in Paris in February.
Kenzo Takada Age
Kenzo Takada was born on 27 February 1939, in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. He died on 4 October 2020, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He was 81.
Kenzo Takada Wife – Kenzo Takada Partner
Kenzo Takada was in a relationship with Xavier de Castella. Xavier de Castella died in 1990 from AIDS.
Kenzo Takada Death
Kenzo Takada died at the age of 81, at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, due to Covid-19 related complications. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed Takada’s death in the following statement: “It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, Kenzo Takada. For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and color into the world. Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”
Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Kenzo’s creative director, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious. His kindred spirit will live forever. Rest in peace Master.”
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AN ODE TO OUR FOUNDER 🙏🏻🖤 It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder, Kenzo Takada. For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry – always infusing creativity and color into the world. Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. “It is with great sadness that I have learned the passing away of Mr Kenzo Takada. His amazing energy, kindness, talent and smile were contagious. His kindred spirit will live forever. Rest in peace Master.” -@felipeoliveirabaptista
A spokesperson for Takada’s luxury K-3 brand said in a statement to CNN: “It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada. The world-renowned designer passed away on October 4th, 2020 due to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81 at the American Hospital, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.”
Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, CEO of Takada’s K-3 brand, launched in January 2020, said in a statement: “Kenzo Takada was incredibly creative; with a stroke of genius, he imagined a new artistic and colourful story combining East and West — his native Japan and his life in Paris. I had the chance to work alongside him for many years, always in awe, admiring his curiosity and his open-mindedness. He seemed quiet and shy at first, but he was full of humour. He was generous and always knew how to look after the people close to his heart. He had a zest for life… Kenzo Takada was the epitome of the art of living”
Kenzo Takada Cause of Death
Kenzo Takada’s cause of death was complications from COVID-19.
Kenzo Takada Net Worth
Kenzo Takada’s net worth was estimated to be $100 million.