Hanae Mori, designer for films, empress, dies, reports say : NPR

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Japanese designer Hanae Mori, heart, is applauded by fashions after the presentation of her 1997-98 fall-winter high fashion assortment offered in Paris, July 9, 1997.

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Japanese designer Hanae Mori, heart, is applauded by fashions after the presentation of her 1997-98 fall-winter high fashion assortment offered in Paris, July 9, 1997.

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TOKYO — Designer Hanae Mori, identified for her elegant signature butterfly motifs, quite a few cinema fashions and the marriage robe of Japan’s empress, has died, native media reported Thursday. She was 96.

Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a contemporary, modern nation and the rise of the working girl. The reviews mentioned she died Aug. 11, however different particulars weren’t instantly accessible.

Empress Masako wore a Hanae Mori marriage ceremony robe when she married Emperor Naruhito, then the crown prince, in 1993. Mori additionally designed uniforms for Japan Airways flight attendants, financial institution clerks, highschool college students and the Japanese workforce on the Barcelona Olympics.

Along with her motto, “You’re feeling respectable, regardless of the place on the earth you put on them,” Mori wished to offer confidence and dignity to the wearer. Her umbrellas and scarves, usually decked with colourful butterflies, had been common with working ladies as a form of standing image.

She opened her studio in 1951 and was a pioneer of a technology of Japanese designers who turned globally outstanding. Her first New York present, held in 1965, was acclaimed as “East meets West.”

She opened her Paris studio in 1977 and constructed a world enterprise that prolonged to perfumes and publishing in addition to trend.

Reputed for infusing Japanese parts impressed by the kimono, Mori designed costumes for a whole lot of Japanese movies, within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, dressing star actresses like Mie Kitahara, Sayuri Yoshinaga and Shima Iwashita, in a few of the most famed cinematic items the period produced.

The flowery costumes she designed for singer Hibari Misora are additionally well-known amongst trend buffs. She additionally designed for the opera, together with “Madame Butterfly” in Milan in 1985, and the Noh theater. In 2002, she was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French authorities.

She is survived by two sons, who’re lively in her trend enterprise, Japanese media mentioned. Her husband Ken Mori died in 1996. Her grandchildren Izumi Mori and Hikari Mori are trend fashions.

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