COVID-19 positive Kenzo Takada dies at the age of 81

81-year-old Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died of complications from COVID-19. The death of the founder of the house Kenzo was announced by the press service of the fashion designer.

Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of LVMH’s fashion division, which now owns the Kenzo brand, expressed condolences over the death of Takada, calling him “a great designer and a great guy.” Kenzo left his eponymous fashion brand in 1999 after being acquired by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. After the deal, he continued to work for Kenzo, and then collaborated with the brand, creating individual collections.

Kenzo hosted his first fashion show in April 1970 at his boutique at the Galerie Vivienne in Paris. In 1983, he launched a men’s line, which became Kenzo Homme in 1987. The casual sportswear lines Kenzo Jeans and Kenzo Jungle were launched in 1986.