Japanese Fashion Designer Hanae Mori Dies at 96

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Tokyo, Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori, renowned as a pioneer in the country's fashion industry, died of old age at her home in Tokyo on Aug. 11. She was 96.

A funeral for Mori, who was the first Asian individual to become an official member of prestigious La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, has been held with participation by close relatives. A farewell event is planned to be held at a later date.

A native of the western Japan prefecture of Shimane, Mori graduated from Tokyo Woman's Christian University in 1947. After getting married, she attended a dressmaking school as she wanted to make clothes for herself and her children.

In 1951, Mori opened "Hiyoshiya" dress shop in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, starting her career as a fashion designer. During the golden age of cinema in Japan in the 1950s, Mori designed costumes for roughly 500 movies, including "Taiyo no Kisetsu" (Season of the Sun) and "Kurutta Kajitsu" (Crazed Fruit).

In 1965, she presented her first collection overseas in New York, with pundits lauding her show as a fusion of the East and the West. In 1977, she became an official member of the La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

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