Pierre Cardin dies

Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98.

Cardin who was credited with helping revolutionise fashion with his futuristic and stylish designs in the 1950s and 60s, died in hospital in Neuilly, near Paris.

He was born in Italy in 1922 but moved to France as a child. He began his fashion career in Paris working for firms including Schiaparelli and Dior, and designed the costumes for Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film Beauty and the Beast.

He set up his own fashion boutique in 1950 and made his name with visionary designs like the iconic bubble dress in 1954 and his Space Age collection in 1964, as well as his ground-breaking ready-to-wear collections for both men and women.

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