Japanese fashion designer Hanae Mori, known as "Madame Butterfly", due to her winged designs, has passed away.

Mori was known as the first Japanese designer to conquer the fashion designer world in 1977. Born in Japan in 1926 and a graduate of the University of Tokyo, Hanae opened the first clothes shop above a noodle shop in Tokyo in 1951.

Mori designed costumes for Hollywood celebrities such as Grace Kelly, and other famous personalities, and Japanese Princess Masako wore a wedding dress designed by Hanai Mori, when she married Emperor Naruhito in 1993.

Her costumes featuring butterflies were popular with working women, and she often mixed contemporary designs with East and West inspiration.

Crews were designed for use in theater productions by institutions such as Noh Theater and Japanese Kabuki, and were awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 2002.

She passed away at her home in Tokyo and attended a private funeral, according to local media.