Pierre Cardin is dead. As the family of the French fashion designer told the AFP news agency, he died on Tuesday morning at the age of 98 in a hospital in Neuilly, west of Paris.
The son of Italian immigrants was considered a pioneer of prêt-à-porter fashion and a visionary designer. Cardin founded his own fashion house as early as 1950, and over the following decades he built up a global corporate empire. This also included several posh restaurants. He received numerous honors such as admission to the French Legion of Honor.
Cardin, along with Paco Rabanne and André Courrèges, was considered the inventor of futuristic fashion. In the early 1960s, for example, he sent his mannequins down the catwalk in astronaut-like suits and helmets.
As the first in its branch, Cardin designed fashion for the masses – and marketed its name worldwide like no other. He designed collections well into old age.
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