French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

French designer Pierre Cardin has died. He was 98.

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin acknowledges applause after a show to mark 70 years of his creations, in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

The new was shared by the French Academy of Fine Arts in a tweet today, December 29.

No cause of death was shared for the designer whose name adorned hundreds of products over his illustrious career which spanned over seven decades.

Cardin, in a 1970 interview, said “Fashion is always ridiculous, seen from before or after. But in the moment, it’s marvelous.”

He was born to a working-class family in a small town near Venice, Italy on July 7, 1970.

He later became an apprentice to a tailor at age 14 before moving to Parish to be an assistant in the House of Paquin in 1945. His first real collection was completed in 1953, launching his career which would see his label be sold in over 100,000 stores across the world at its peak in the 1970s.