The stylist Hanae Mori, world-renowned member of its elite haute couturedied on August 11 at her home in Tokyo at the age of 96, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported today.
Hanae Mori, known by her nickname “Madame Butterfly” for the butterfly-inspired designs that have become her signature over the decades, she signed luxurious creations worn by Nancy Reagan, Grace Kelly, members of the Japanese royal family and the Japanese elite.
She was among the few women in Japan who was put in charge of an international fashion company.
Her career took her from Tokyo—where she made her film costume debut—to New York and Paris where, in 1997, she saw the fashion house she headed become the first from Asia to join the haute couture.
As APE-MPE reports, her first collection presented abroad (in New York in 1965) celebrated the meeting of “East” and “West”.
Big names in Japanese fashion, such as Ise Miyaki, who died earlier this month, followed in her footsteps.
Despite the closure of her Paris atelier in 2004 after her last fashion show in the French capital, Hanae Mori boutiques remain open in the Japanese capital. Her perfumes are sold all over the world.
Source: News Beast