18 August 2022
Designer Hanae Mori, known for her elegant signature butterfly designs, numerous cinema fashions and the wedding gown of Japan's empress, has died, at 96. Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a modern, fashionable nation and the rise of the working woman.
Empress Masako wore a Hanae Mori wedding gown adorned when she married Emperor Naruhito. Mori also designed uniforms for Japan Airlines flight attendants, bank clerks, high school students and the Japanese team at the Barcelona Olympics.She opened her studio in 1951 and was a pioneer of a generation of Japanese designers who became globally prominent. Reputed for infusing Japanese elements inspired by the kimono, Mori designed costumes for hundreds of Japanese films, in the 1950s and 1960s.
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