French Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin Dies at 89

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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13:  Pierre Cardin attends an Opening Cocktail at Musee Pierre Cardin on November 13, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin sadly passed away at 98 in Neuilly, France. The renowned and accomplished artist and businessman, best known for launching the concept of ready-to-wear in 1959 — believing that fashion is for the masses — has a rich history of creating thoughtful, avant-garde looks that will go down in history. Cardin’s career was launched when he designed costumes for a masquerade ball hosted by Carlos de Beistegui at Venice’s Palazzo Labia in 1951, but he went on to start his own empire, presenting futuristic silhouettes such as the bubble dress, which became known for its flared skirt and gathered hem. During his career, Cardin also worked under Schiaparelli and Dior. At one time, it was thought he may even succeed Christian Dior himself.

Cardin once said, “The clothes that I prefer are those I invent for a life that doesn’t exist yet — the world…

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