A spokesperson said the founder of global fashion brand Kenzo had died in Paris on Sunday 4 October, after contracting coronavirus.

The news of Takada's passing came just days after the brand showed its SS 2021 collection at Paris Fashion Week. A spokesperson confirmed his death at the American Hospital in Paris on 4 October.

Takada, who founded Kenzo in 1970, was the first Japanese designer to break into the Paris fashion scene, partly assisted by a feature on the cover of Elle magazine. The brand was acquired by French conglomerate LVMH in 1993. He officially retired in 1999 but remained a prominent figure within the fashion industry, and was named Honorary President of the Asian Couture Federation in 2013.