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Pierre Cardin, French dressmaker well-known for his bladder costume, dies on the age of 89

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The French fashion designer Pierre Cardin sadly passed away at the age of 98 in Neuilly, France. The renowned and accomplished artist and businessman, best known for bringing the concept of ready-to-wear to market in 1959 – he believed fashion was for the masses – had a long history of creating thoughtful, avant-garde looks that will go down in history. Cardin's career began when he designed costumes for a masquerade ball hosted by Carlos de Beistegui at Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951. He then founded his own empire and presented futuristic silhouettes like 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 that he might even succeed Christian Dior himself.

Cardin once said: "I invent the clothes I prefer for a life that doesn't yet exist – the world of tomorrow." Many of his geometric designs in the space age speak for the modern style of clothing we enjoy today, where clothing cannot be gender specific and simply speaks for the wearer's personality. Impressive too? Cardin developed his own fabric called Cardine. He promoted world peace as the UNESCO ambassador and endeavored to defeat hunger through his efforts for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He will be fondly remembered – and there is a permanent museum in central Paris that he built to present his most famous designs to this day.

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Melinda Martin