This past Friday, Gérard Pipart, the designer for Nina Ricci couture for more than 30 years, passed away at 79, according to WWD. Pipart joined Nina Ricci in 1964 as the house's third courtier until 1998. During his time at the French fashion house, he dressed high-profile women like queens from Thailand and the Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg. In an interview with WWD in 1995, Pipart mentioned the state of couture upon his arrival to Nina Ricci, "When I arrived everyone was predicting the death of couture, so I was keen to get in for what were meant to be the final few years. And, despite what people like Pierre Bergé and many others predicted, couture has lasted a lot longer than anyone ever thought." Pipart's designs were often bright and focused on avant-garde structures.