Xavier de Castella Biography – Xavier de Castella Wiki
Xavier de Castella was the partner of Kenzo Takada, a Japanese-French fashion designer and founder of Kenzo. Xavier was a descendant of a genuine nobleman who received the title of earl from Louis XIV. He had studied architecture and helped design Takada’s 14,000-sq-ft Japanese-style house, which started construction in 1987 and was completed in 1993.
Kenzo Takada Xavier de Castella
Kenzo Takada was in a relationship with Xavier de Castella. Takada spoke to Nikkei Asia about his relationship with Xavier de Castella. He said: “I first met Xavier at a dinner party celebrating the birthday of Paloma Picasso, the daughter of Pablo Picasso. Karl Lagerfeld and his partner, Jacques de Bascher, were there, and seated directly in front of me was Xavier.
“In appearance, he resembled the actor Clint Eastwood. He had a habit of touching his mustache when he was embarrassed. Though we engaged in idle chitchat at first, I realized right away that he was a man of great culture and refinement.
“He had studied architecture and was very familiar with the history and structure of the old castles of Europe. He also had a deep knowledge of Japanese architecture, and explained to me in an easily understandable way about the ideas and styles incorporated into such cultural treasures as the Katsura Imperial Villa and Ryoanji, a Zen temple famous for its “dry landscape” rock garden, both of which are located in Kyoto.
“I had a good impression of him. I also felt that he had an aesthetic sense and sensitivity that suited my own. Soon, we were spending holidays with Jacques and his friends in the Caribbean Sea, the Aegean Sea and Bali, and eventually I began receiving business and fashion design advice from him. It was a completely natural development when we began living together in Paris.
“On a personal level, I found Xavier wonderfully stimulating. I was also able to learn much from his broad education. How much that helped me in my job as a fashion designer. He was also the one who introduced me to my second co-manager, and even provided financial assistance when the company ran into trouble.”
Xavier de Castella Age
Xavier de Castella died in 1990. His age at the time of death is unclear. His partner Kenzo Takada was born on February 27, 1939, in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan and died on October 4, 2020, at the age of 81, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
Xavier de Castella Death
Xavier de Castella died in 1990 from AIDS. Takada said of his partner, “Xavier de Castella, my life partner, passed away in 1990…Xavier was my life companion and supported me as a person.”
Xavier de Castella Cause of Death
Xavier de Castella’s cause of death was AIDS.