Designer Jean-Louis Scherrer dies at 78

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FILE - French president Nicolas Sarkozy, left, with French designers Jean-Louis Scherrer, center, and Sonia Rykiel after awarding them respectively Officer and Commandeur of the Legion d'Honneur, France's greatest award, in this Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009 file photo taken in Paris. Scherrer, who dressed such fashion plates as Jackie Kennedy at the height of his career, died Thursday June 20 2013, aged 78.(AP Photo/ Gerard Cerles, file)

French designer Jean-Louis Scherrer, whose couture creations were worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy in the era of '60s and '70s fashion, died Wednesday in Paris. He was 78.

Scherrer trained under Christian Dior at the start of his long career as a couturier. He went on to launch his eponymous label in 1962, the same year he staged his first runway show- in a cellar.

Shortly after its debut, Scherrer's collection was picked up by Bergdorf Goodman, making his designs exclusive to the uptown social set over the next two decades.

In 1992, Scherrer was dismissed after hard financial circumstances and changes in ownership. The fashion house then closed in 2008.