French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, reports Agence France-Presse, citing his close relatives.
The cause of death has not yet been reported.
Cardin was born on July 2, 1922 in Venice, after a while his family moved to France. In the mid-1930s, Pierre Cardin took a job with a tailor in Vichy. In 1945 he moved to Paris, where he studied architecture and worked with Jeanne Paquin and Christian Dior. In 1950, the couturier founded his own company, which was engaged in the creation of costumes for the theater.
In 1953, Pierre Cardin developed the first haute couture collection, and a year later his ball-shaped dresses with draperies brought him fame, and he was also one of the first designers to found the unisex style.
In addition, Cardin is the recipient of a number of prestigious French awards and many international fashion awards. In 2008 he received the title of Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts, in 2013 he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship and the Pushkin Medal.