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Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin died Tuesday at the age of 98 at a hospital in Neuilly in western Paris, his family told AFP.
Cardin was born in Italy in 1922 but emigrated to France as a small child.
He was known for overhauling the fashion industry by successfully licensing his brand name and making savvy business moves. Cardin was long hailed for his visionary creations but also for bringing stylish clothes to the masses.
In the 1960s and ’70s he upended traditional fashion with his futuristic, avant-garde looks.
His death was also announced by France’s Academy of Fine Arts on Twitter.
“It is with great sadness that the members of the Academy of Fine Arts announce the death of their fellow member Pierre Cardin,” the academy tweeted.
Le Secrétaire perpétuel, Laurent Petitgirard, et les membres de l’Académie des beaux-arts ont la très grande tristesse d’annoncer la disparition de leur confrère Pierre Cardin. Il avait été élu le 12 février 1992 au fauteuil de Pierre Dux (section des membres libres). pic.twitter.com/sA1mABvZB5
— Académie beaux-arts (@AcadBeauxarts) December 29, 2020
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)