French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98

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French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, has passed away at the age of 98 according to his family.

The iconic fashion designer is best-known for creating ready-to-wear fashion, after making a name for himself in France working with Christian Dior when it was first established as a brand.

Outside of his fashion excellence, Cardin launched himself into the furniture business as well as entering the hotel and restaurant sector with Maxim’s.

He was also known to be a mentor to prominent designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Mr. Caridn pioneered the large-scale licensing system, seen so frequently today, by lending his name to products like perfumes, ties, and even mineral water.

Pierre’s family released a statement earlier today saying:

“It is a day of great sadness for all our family. Pierre Cardin is no more.

“We are all proud of his tenacious ambition and the daring he has shown throughout his life.”

Pierre was born in Italy, but grew up in Central France and moved to Paris to pursue a career in fashion that would span over 70 years.

France’s Fine Arts Academy also announced the news with a statement posted to its Twitter account saying:

“The Perpetual Secretary, Laurent Petitgirard, and the members of the Academy of Fine Arts are very sad to announce the death of their colleague Pierre Cardin.

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