Updated: March 3, 2021
Legendary French designer Pierre Cardin is dead, France’s Academy of Fine Arts said on Tuesday. He was 98.
The academy announced his passing in a tweet.
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The Associated Press described him as a licensing maverick, whose name “embossed myriad products from wristwatches to bedsheets, making his label among the world’s most famous. In the brand’s heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, his products were sold at some 100,000 outlets worldwide, though that number dwindled dramatically in later decades.”
“A savvy businessman, Cardin used his fabulous wealth to snap up top-notch properties in Paris, including the Belle Epoque restaurant Maxim’s. He was inducted into the Fine Arts Academy in 1992,” AP added.