Kenzo Takada, Japanese fashion designer, has died of complications arising from COVID-19.

It is understood that the 81-year-old breathed his last on Sunday at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the French capital.

According to New York Times, the cause of Takada’s death was complications of the novel coronavirus.

He founded Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products, and clothes, and was the acting honorary president of the Asian couture federation.

In a tribute titled ‘an ode to our founder’ on Instagram, the brand confirmed the death while acknowledging his immense value to the fashion industry.

“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,” the post read.

“Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison. He will be greatly missed and always remembered.”

The late Takada had retired from his brand since the early 1990s to pursue a career in art. He also sold the Kenzo brand to LVMH, a French luxury goods company, in 1993.

He designed costumes for the opera, created the Japanese Olympic uniforms in 2004, painted and created a plethora of homeware collections.

Early this year, the fashion designer launched a home and lifestyle brand called K3, in collaboration with other designers.

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