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Japanese film designer Hanae Mori dies

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Yuri Kageyama

FILE - Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori, center, is applauded by models after the presentation of her 1997-98 fall-winter haute couture collection presented in Paris, July 9, 1997. Mori, known for her elegant signature butterfly motifs, has died, according to local media reports. She was 96.
File - Japanese fashion designer Hanae 1997 Mori (center) receives applause from models after the presentation of the Fall/Winter 1997-98 haute couture collection presented in Paris on July 9, 2009. Mori, known for her butterfly motif, an elegant feature of her life, has died, according to local media reports. she was 96 years old. Photo by Michel Lipchitz /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tokyo (AP) — Designer Hanae Mori Elegant Butterfly Known for her motifs, numerous cinema fashions and the wedding dress of a future Japanese empress, she died, local media reported Thursday. she was 96 years old.

Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a modern and fashionable nation and the rise of working women. Media reports said she passed away on August 11, but other details were not immediately available.

When Empress Masako, then a commoner and former diplomat, married then Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993, she wore Hanae Mori's wedding dress. Japan representative for the Barcelona Olympics.

With her motto, "Wear it anywhere in the world and feel right," Mori wanted to give confidence and dignity to the wearer. Umbrellas and scarves were popular with working women as a status symbol of sorts.

She opened her studio in 1951 and was a pioneer of a generation of Japanese designers who became world-famous. Her first New York show in 1965 was hailed as "East meets West".

She opened her Paris studio in 1977 and built an international business that spanned fashion as well as perfume and publishing.

Known for infusing kimono-inspired Japanese elements, Mori designed costumes for hundreds of Japanese films in the 1950s and 1960s, including Mie Kitahara, Sayuri Yoshinaga and Shima Iwashita. star actress in some of the most famous movies. She is the movie that her time produced.

Her elaborate outfits, which she designed for singer Hibari Misora, are also famous among fashion lovers. She also designed operas and Noh theatres, including Madama Butterfly in Milan in 1985. In 2002, she was awarded the Legion d'honneur by the French government.

According to Japanese media, she has two sons who are active in her fashion and her business. In 1996 her husband Ken Mori died. Her grandchildren Izumi Mori and Hikari Mori are fashion models.


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