Pierre Cardin, French Fashion Designer, Dies At 98 : NPR

French designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98. Here, the member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts is seen in 2016, at the end of a fashion show marking 70 years of his creations at the Institut de France in Paris.

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French designer Pierre Cardin has died at age 98. Here, the member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts is seen in 2016, at the end of a fashion show marking 70 years of his creations at the Institut de France in Paris.

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French designer Pierre Cardin, who extended his brand far beyond the fashion world, has died at age 98. The son of Italian immigrants worked with luminaries such as filmmaker Jean Cocteau and designer Christian Dior before launching his own fashion house, drawing on his love for futuristic design.

Cardin’s family announced his death to Agence France-Presse on Tuesday.

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Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Pierre Cardin, the French fashion designer famed for 1960s-era avant-garde and Space Age looks, who pioneered fashion ready-to-wear and the fashion licensing system that made him rich but diminished his brand’s reputation, has died. He was 98.

His death was announced by French Academy of Fine Arts on Tuesday. The academy did not give a cause of death or say where or when he died.

Born Pietro Cardin in 1922 to French parents in their vacation home in San Biagio di Callalta near Venice, Cardin’s family left Italy two years later to escape fascism and moved back to Sainte-Etienne in central France, where Pierre grew up.

From an early age, he was interested in dressmaking, starting work at age 14 as an apprentice even though his father wanted him to become an architect. He moved to Paris in 1945, where he studied architecture and worked with the fashion

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Stella Tennant dies ‘suddenly’ at age of 50

Stella Tennant attends the launching Party of Chanel's new perfume "Gabrielle" as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France
Stella Tennant attends the launching Party of Chanel’s new perfume “Gabrielle” as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France

Stella Tennant, one of the most respected models of her generation, has died suddenly five days after her 50th birthday.

Scottish-born Tennant, who came from aristocratic roots to forge a much admired career as a runway model for designers such as Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen, was found dead at her home on Tuesday.

The granddaughter of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish, and Deborah Mitford, she rose to fame in the 1990s, and was among the models picked to represent the British fashion industry during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics.

In August it was revealed that Tennant had separated from her husband David Lasnet after 21 years of marriage. 

Police said there were

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Kenzo Takada, First Japanese Designer To Conquer Paris Fashion, Dies Aged 81

Japan’s most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in the French capital on Sunday aged 81 after contracting coronavirus.

Tributes have poured in for Takada, the first Japanese designer to decamp to Paris and known especially for his signature floral prints.

“Today, his optimism, zest for life and generosity continue to be pillars of our Maison (House). He will be greatly missed and always remembered,” the Kenzo fashion house he founded wrote on Twitter.

Kenzo Takada founded his fashion house in 1970 and took Paris by storm Kenzo Takada founded his fashion house in 1970 and took Paris by storm Photo: AFP / JOEL SAGET

 

He “helped to write a new page in fashion, at the confluence of the East and the West”, said Ralph Toledano of the Haute Couture Federation.

His death comes 50 years after he launched his first collection in Paris, which he adopted as his home. “Every wall, every sky and every passer-by

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