Kenzo founder Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

This file photo taken on January 9, 2019 shows Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada posing during a photo session in his home in Paris. (AFP Photo)

founder of brand, died in Paris on Sunday after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in Paris on Sunday after contracting Covid-19, his spokesman said.

Takada, the first Japanese designer to gain prominence in the highly-competitive Paris fashion scene, died in the American Hospital of Paris, the spokesman said in a statement.

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