Hanae Mori, film designer, empress, dies, according to reports

TOKYO (AP) — Designer Hanae Mori, known for her elegant, iconic butterfly designs, numerous movie outfits and the wedding dress of a future Japanese empress, has died, local media reported Thursday. She was 96 years old.

Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a modern, fashionable nation and the rise of the working woman. Media said she died on August 11, but further details were not immediately available.

Empress Masako, then a commoner and former diplomat, wore a Hanae Mori wedding dress when she married Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993. Mori also designed uniforms for Japan Airlines flight attendants, bank employees, high school students and the Japanese team from Barcelona. Olympic Games.

With his motto, “You feel decent no matter where in the world you wear them”, Mori wanted to instill confidence and dignity in the wearer. Her umbrellas and scarves, often adorned with colorful butterflies, were popular with working women as a sort of status symbol.

She opened her studio in 1951 and pioneered a generation of Japanese designers who became world famous. His first show in New York, held in 1965, was acclaimed as “East meets West”.

She opened her Paris studio in 1977 and built an international business that extended to perfumes and publishing as well as fashion.

Renowned for infusing Japanese elements inspired by the kimono, Mori designed costumes for hundreds of Japanese films, in the 1950s and 1960s, dressing star actresses like Mie Kitahara, Sayuri Yoshinaga and Shima Iwashita, in some of the cinematic plays. most famous of the time.

The elaborate costumes she designed for singer Hibari Misora ​​are also well known to fashion enthusiasts. She also designed for opera, notably “Madame Butterfly” in Milan in 1985, and the Noh theatre. In 2002, she received the Legion of Honor from the French government.

She is survived by two sons, active in her fashion business, Japanese media reported. Her husband Ken Mori died in 1996. Her grandchildren Izumi Mori and Hikari Mori are models.

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