French designer Pierre Cardin dies aged 98

Cardin, who upended fashion styles in 1960s and 70s with futuristic looks, dies in hospital near Paris

Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed myriad consumer products after his Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has died aged 98.

A licensing maverick, Cardin’s name was carried by thousands of products, from wristwatches to bed sheets, and in the brand’s heyday in the 1970s and 80s, goods bearing his fancy cursive signature were sold at 100,000 outlets worldwide.

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