As Issey Miyake passed away earlier this month, Japan is once again mourning an international fashion figure.

Stylist Hanae Mori, recognized worldwide as a member of the haute couture elite, died on August 11 at her Tokyo home at the age of 96, the Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.

Hanae Mori was nicknamed "Madame Butterfly" for the butterfly designs that had made her mark.

Over the decades, his luxurious handmade creations have been worn by Nancy Reagan, Grace Kelly and many members of Japanese high society.

From Tokyo to Paris, via New York

Her avant-garde career took her from Tokyo - where she began by making costumes for the cinema - to New York and Paris where, in 1977, her brand became the first house in Asia to join the ranks. high fashion.

His first collection abroad, in New York in 1965, celebrated the theme of the encounter between “East” and “West”.

The big names in Japanese fashion, like Issey Miyake, followed in his footsteps.

And despite the closure of her Parisian workshop in 2004 after her last fashion show in the French capital, the Hanae Mori boutiques have remained open in Tokyo and her perfumes continue to be sold throughout the world.


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