Kenzo Takada, the Japanese designer who established the brand name Kenzo, passed away Sunday from COVID-19 complications. He was 81 years of ages.
“It is with immense sadness that the brand K-3 announces the loss of its celebrated artistic director, Kenzo Takada,” a representative for K-3 told CNN in a statement. “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.”
On Sunday, Kenzo’s official Instagram account likewise validated the news, publishing a homage to its creator.
“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,” the post read.
Kenzo’s innovative director, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, likewise memorialized Takada on Instagram.
“FAREWELL MASTER,” he started. “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.”
Takada established Kenzo the high-end label Kenzo in 1970. He revealed his retirement in 1999.