Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies aged 98

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Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, according to France's Fine Arts Academy.

The French star, who was born in Italy, was known for his avant-garde style and futuristic designs.

He overhauled the fashion industry by successfully licensing his brand name.

Cardin was educated in central France after being born in San Biagio di Callalta, northeastern Italy, in July 1922.

In 1946, he worker for another French fashion designer Christian Dior who had just opened his own business.

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Four years later, Cardin founded his own company in Paris and started designing masks and costumes for the theatre.

Then in 1953 he presented his first ladies' collection, and the following year his "bubble dresses" became a success worldwide and he opened his first boutique in the French capital.

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