At Age 96, Japanese Fashion Designer Hanae Mori Passes Away
At age 96, japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori passes away at her home in Tokyo. According to her office and on August 11, the fashion pioneer passed away, Kyodo news agency stated without providing any other information. Because of her distinctive winged pattern, Mori earned the moniker "Madame Butterfly," and several members of Japanese high society sported her exquisite hand-crafted works.
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At age 96, Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori passes awayat her home in Tokyo.
According to her office and on August 11, the fashion pioneer passed away, Kyodo newsagency stated without providing any other information.
Because of her distinctive winged pattern, Mori earned the moniker "Madame Butterfly," and several members of Japanese high society sported her exquisite hand-crafted works.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Mori, known for incorporating Japanese motifs influenced by the kimono, created costumes for hundreds of Japanese films, clothing leading ladies like Mie Kitahara, Sayuri Yoshinaga, and Shima Iwashita in some of the most well-known motion pictures the time period produced.
When Empress Masako wed Emperor Naruhito, who was the crown prince at the time, in 1993, she wore a Hanae Mori wedding dress embellished with rose-petal motifs.
Mori also created the outfits used by the Japanese Olympic team in Barcelona, high school students, and flight attendants for Japan Airlines.
Mori represented Japan's emergence as a contemporary, chic country.
She became a trailblazer for Japanese women and one of the few to lead a multinational company in the country's still mostly male workplaces.
Her scarves and umbrellas, which were often decorated with vibrant butterflies, were considered status symbols by working women.
With her debut international collection, which was shown in New York in 1965 and celebrated the subject "East Meets West," she established a $500 million design brand that helped promote East-West fashion.
In 1977, her company became the first Asian fashion brand to reach the exclusive ranks of French haute couture.
Her career carried her from Tokyo to New York and Paris.
She was followed in her career by legendary Japanese designers like Issey Miyake, who passed away earlier this month.
She received the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor, in 2002 while holding the officer rank.
According to the Hanae Mori office, she is survived by two sons who have their own company, a daughter, seven grandkids, and a number of great-grandchildren.
Izumi Mori and Hikari Mori, two of her granddaughters, are models.