Hanae Mori, Pioneering Japanese Fashion Designer, Dies at 96

Fashion designer Hanae Mori has died at the age of 96. Mori is the first Asian designer to enter the haute couture side of the fashion industry.

Mori was born in 1926 and opened her first studio in Tokyo in 1951 where she created costumes for the golden age of Japanese cinema. By 1965 she was showing her collection in New York and was nicknamed “Madame Butterfly” for the way she mixed Western and Asian styles.

Throughout the years she has dressed the likes of Grace Kelly, notable politicians, and has designed for the Paris Opera house and La Scala.

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