Pierre Cardin, an Italian-born naturalised-French fashion designer, has passed away at the age of 98.
According to his family, the renowned designer died at the American hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-seine on Tuesday.
The French Academy of Fine Arts also broke the tragic news on its Twitter page.
“It is with great sadness that the members of the Academy of Fine Arts announce the death of their fellow member Pierre Cardin,” it wrote.
Le Secrétaire perpétuel, Laurent Petitgirard, et les membres de l’Académie des beaux-arts ont la très grande tristesse d’annoncer la disparition de leur confrère Pierre Cardin. Il avait été élu le 12 février 1992 au fauteuil de Pierre Dux (section des membres libres). pic.twitter.com/sA1mABvZB5
— Académie beaux-arts (@AcadBeauxarts) December 29, 2020
On his part, Cyril Barthalois, the academy’s secretary-general, wrote: “Huge sadness. Equally great joy to have known him, these last 4 years, in this academy where his voice, listened to and respected by his colleagues, carried again and always. Good bye, sir.”
Immense tristesse. Joie tout aussi grande de l’avoir connu, ces 4 dernières années, dans cette académie où sa voix, écoutée et respectée par ses confrères, portait encore et toujours. Au revoir, Monsieur. https://t.co/20J2UImUyF
— Cyril Barthalois (@cbarthalois) December 29, 2020
Cardin was born in Italy in 1922 but left for France as a small child. He founded his fashion house in 1950 and introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.
He used his name as a brand which gained worldwide recognition and upended fashion styles in the 1960s and 70s with futuristic designs of jewelry, wristwatches, perfumes, and pens.
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