The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, learned with emotion of the passing of Kenzo Takada, an internationally recognized fashion designer.

The first Japanese stylist to have established himself in Paris, he will complete his entire career there and will leave a name to posterity, that of «Kenzo», and an identifiable style, marked by the marriage of cultures.

Her floral and colourful prints, lively and tangy, inspired by Japanese kimonos, have conquered women around the world. In 1970, he presented his first fashion show in the Galerie Vivienne and opened many boutiques in Paris marked by his resolutely modern spirit. He created a men’s collection in 1983, offering a bold but already timeless vision of the costume.

With a touch of genius, he launched himself in 1988 in the creation of perfumes and then in interior decoration and design.

He sold his brand name in 1993 to the LVMH Group, which will continue to promote his stylistic heritage throughout the world.

Developing his inexhaustible artistic passion, he launched at the beginning of this year his brand for the house, «K3», which took up his favorite themes, prints and colors.

The Minister of Culture salutes the memory of an iconic and bold creator and sends her condolences to his family and loved ones.