Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98. The world-renowned creator is also known for bringing stylish clothes to the masses.

Cardin was born in Italy in 1922. He emigrated to France with his parents when he was a small child.

After being apprenticed to tailors, he worked for Christian Dior. He set up his own fashion house in 1950.

The designer began selling his ready-to-wear collections to the masses in 1959. Haute-Couture for wealthy people was the focus of the fashion world at that time.

He expanded his business overseas and became famous around the world.

Cardin visited Japan for the first time in the late 1950s. He brought innovation to the country's fashion business by introducing his three dimensional cutting method.

The designer visited Japan 10 years ago and spoke to NHK. He was 88 years old at the time. Cardin said he was most content when he was able to concentrate on his work and forget about everything else.

He continued to create during his later years.

His family members said he died on Tuesday at a hospital near Paris.