Iconic French designer who was hailed for his avant-grande styles in 1960s and 70s, Pierre Cardin left the world peacefully at the age of 98, as per the French Academy of French Arts. Other details such as his death place, time or reason has not been revealed by them.He was known for his savvy business moves and his space age designs were famous rounding up his career, spanning over 60 years. According to his official website, “Pierre Cardin’s world is made from multiple things, it is protean as well as avant-guardist.” Fashion, accessories, jewelry, fragrances, furniture, theater costumes, tableware, and even Maxim’s restaurants…such is the innovating world of Pierre Cardin’s brand. Everything represents an inexhaustible source of inspiration to the designer: Japan and China’s lifestyle during the 60’s and 70’s, all amazing and unusual encounters, everyday life, but also the social, cultural and industrial evolutions and revolutions. Each of his collections is an evidence of a fierce appetite for experimentation.
“It’s all the same to me whether I am doing sleeves for dresses or table legs,” a telling quote on his website read.
According to Reuters, “In a career spanning more than 60 years, Cardin drew scorn and admiration from fellow fashion designers for his brash business sense. He maintained that he built his business empire without ever asking a bank for a loan. Cardin was the first designer to sell clothes collections in department stores in the late 1950s, and the first to enter the licensing business for perfumes, accessories and even food – now a major profit driver for many fashion houses.”