Born in 1926 in Yoshkia Japan, Hanae Mori is the most internationally renowned female fashion designer in her country
. After completing her studies in literature at Tokyo Woman’s Christian College she studied dressmaking and opened a shop in 1951—the first by a woman in Japan. Her work quickly gained attention and in addition to producing current fashions, she was called upon to produce costumes for major motion pictures. Mori presented her first international collection, “East Meets West” in...
New York in 1965. She eventually opened a boutique in Paris and in time became the first Asian woman to be admitted as an official haute couture design house by the Fédération Française de la Couture in France. In recognition for her work Mori was awarded the Legion of Honor medal by the President of France and the Order of Culture medal by the Emperor of Japan. Mori is one of the first women in Japan to have a career and is often regarded as an icon for the liberated woman.
In conjunction with International Cosmetics & Perfumes Hanae Mori introduced her first perfume in 1995. Her self titled women’s perfume has become a classic and is topped by her signature emblem—the butterfly. Other popular perfumes include Haute Couture introduced in 1998, the Hanae Mori numbered series and Magical Moon launched in 2006. Men’s colognes include Hanae Mori for men which was introduced in 1998.