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Pioneering fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies aged 98

Written by on 29 December 2020

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, according to France’s Fine Arts Academy.

The French star, who was born in Italy, was known for his avant-garde style and futuristic designs in the 1960s and 70s.

He first worked at couture houses before launching his own brand and pioneering the use of licensing in fashion.

He put his label’s name on different products, including perfumes and cosmetics as well as cigarette cases and baseball caps.

The Beatles famously wore his collarless suits, designed without lapels and buttons done up to the top.

Armani chocolates, Bulgari hotels and Gucci sunglasses are all based on Cardin’s realisation that a fashion brand’s glamour had lots of merchandising potential.

Cardin was also one of the first to bring high fashion to the masses by selling collections in department stores from the late 1950s.

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Duesseldorf, Germany. 18th Sep, 2019. Pierre Cardin's accessories are on display in a showcase at the exhibition "Pierre Cardin. Fashion Futurist". From 19.09.2019 to 05.02.2020 more than 80 pieces of clothing and accessories as well as photos and film material will be shown in the Kunstpalast. The focus is on the 1960s and 1970s with their avant-garde designs for women and men. Credit: Roland Weihrauch/dpa/Alamy Live News - Image ID: WXW9EC (RM)
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Cardin was known for his futuristic designs in the 1960s and 70s

By using licensing extensively, critics accused him of destroying the value of his brand and the notion of luxury in general.

But he seemed largely unaffected by criticism.

“I had a sense for marketing my name,” Cardin told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper in 2007.

“Does money spoil one’s ideas? I don’t dream of money after all, but while I’m dreaming, I’m making money. It’s never been about the money.”

Pierre Cardin glasses. Pic: Unimedia/Shutterstock
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Pierre Cardin glasses. Pic: Unimedia/Shutterstock

In his later years, he no longer presented runway collections, but he continued to be active in the industry, attending events and taking young designers under his wing.

He was a mentor to prominent designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier.

Cardin was educated in central France after being born in San Biagio di Callalta, northeastern Italy, in July 1922.

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Cardin pictured in September this year

In 1946, he worker for another French fashion designer Christian Dior who had just opened his own business.

Four years later, Cardin founded his own company in Paris and started designing masks and costumes for the theatre.

Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono arrived in Paris coming from Denmark on January 26, 1970. The Lennons stop at Pierre Cardin's boutique where they did some shopping. (AP Photo)
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John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono at Cardin’s boutique in Paris in 1970

Then in 1953 he presented his first ladies’ collection at the Printemps department store, and the following year his “bubble dresses” became a success worldwide and he opened his first boutique in the French capital.

In 1961, he created a men’s ready-to-wear department, and then two years later launched a women’s ready-to-wear department – as he wanted to make haute couture more accessible.