French-Italian Fashion Designer, Pierre Cardin Is Dead

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Pierre Cardin, a -Italian fashion designer has lost at the age of 98.

Cardin known for visionary creations and also bringing stylish clothes the masses, died at a hospital in Neuilly, west of Paris, Tuesday at the age of 98, told news agency AFP.

France’s Fine Arts Academy confirmed Cardin’s death in a tweet, adding that members of the academy are “very sad.”

Cardin was born in in 1922 but emigrated France as a young child. He founded own fashion house in 1950 after a stint Dior and built up a global business empire.

Along Paco Rabanne and Andre Courrege, Cardin was hailed for developing the futuristic Space-Age-inspired styles that defined looks in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was also credited bringing stylish clothes the masses, popularizing the turtleneck sweater for men and bodysuits for women.

Cardin adopted a large-scale licensing system that ensured distribution throughout the world, putting his name products as diverse as ties, cigarettes, perfumes, and mineral .