French Designer Pierre Cardin, Dies at 98

French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin was one who brought geometric shapes to haute couture and put his name on everything he designed. He was a wild inventive designer who had a stiff dose of business sense and every opportunity worthwhile.

Cardin was an Italian-born French designer who moved from the world of high fashion for private clients to ready-to-wear designs for the masses. He extended his brand far beyond the fashion world.

He is the son of a wealthy wine merchant, Cardin was born on July 2, 1922, near Venice. When he was 2, he and his family moved from Fascist Italy to France.

The Cardin family announced his death on Tuesday to the Agence France-Presse.

The French Académie des Beaux-Arts also issued several statements mourning his passing. And in a twitter post, the academy’s secretary general Cyril Barthalois said “immense sadness,” adding, that “equally great joy of having known him” through the academy.

“The members of the Academy of Fine Arts announce with great sadness the death of their fellow member Pierre Cardin,” the elite French arts group also tweeted.

“The clothing I prefer is the one I create for a life that does not yet exist, the world of tomorrow,” is one quote on his label’s website that summed up his philosophy.