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Her death was confirmed by her team on Thursday (18 August) where they revealed that she had died at home in Tokyo on 11 August. No cause of death has been revealed.

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Mori was the first Japanese and Asian designer to break into French haute couture nearly half a century ago, when her label joined the ranks in 1977.

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She was born in 1926 in a rural area of Western Japan before moving to Tokyo to study literature at Tokyo Women’s Christian University.

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Mori began her career in Tokyo, making costumes for films and opening an atelier above a noodle shop, before visiting New York and then Paris to try and expand her brand.

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It was in Paris that she met Coco Chanel, where Chanel told Mori that she should wear something orange to contrast with her black hair.

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Mori later told the Washington Post of the meeting: “The whole Japanese concept of beauty is based on concealment.

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 I suddenly realised that I should change my approach and make my dresses help a woman stand out.”