Born in Italy in 1922, Pierre Cardin grows up in France, where he currently still resides. Fascinated by the world of fashion, he starts an apprenticeship with a tailor when he is 14 and later moves to Paris to work in the couture industry. Soon after arriving in the capital, he crosses path with Christian Dior, who asks him to work in his newly opened atelier. In 1950, feeling that the industry is changing, he takes his chance and opens his very own maison de couture. He presents his first collection in 1953, and immediately achieves resounding success. Thanks to his futuristic style and bold creativity, Cardin soon builds a name for himself. From there on, every step of the couturier is a winning move. He presents innovative and visionary collections, he dresses the Beatles, he pioneers prêt-à-porter... Foreseeing licensing’s opportunities, during more than 70 years of career he managed to spread his unique design from fashion to even airplanes. Today, Pierre Cardin’s aesthetic is globally recognized and continues to have a major influence in the fashion world. Exhibitions pay tribute to his achievements all around the world: in New York (as of July 2019), in Dusseldorf Germany (as of September 2019), and in the designer’s own museum in Paris.

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Pierre Cardin, (2nd of July, 1922, Venice, Italy), French designer of clothes for women and also a pioneer in the design of high fashion for men.

Cardin’s father, a wealthy French wine merchant, wished for his son to study architecture, but from childhood Pierre was interested in dressmaking & fashion design. At 17 he went to Vichy, Fr., to become a tailor at a men’s shop. After WorldWar II he joined the Parisian fashion house of Paquin, where he helped design the costumes for JeanCocteau’s film Beauty and the Beast. He also worked at the couture house of Christian Dior.

In 1950 he opened a shop of his own and gradually gained a solid reputation as a men’s suit maker. In1959 he created one of the first ready-to-wear collections for women presented by a “name” designer and in 1960 introduced the first designer ready-to-wear collection for men. In the mid-1960s his stark, short tunics and his use of vinyl, helmets, and goggles helped launch the so-called Space Age look.Cardin later became famous for licensing his name for use on a variety of products (such as sunglasses).The practice of licensing subsequently became common for fashion designers.

Pierre Cardin: the name evokes fashion, luxury, style and elegance; a name known throughout the world, not only for fashion, of course, as a reflection of our world, but also for accessories, jewelry, perfume, housewares, restaurants, a theater – this is the universe of Pierre Cardin, diverse and reaching. The man himself is larger than life.

MAJOR FASHION PUBLICATIONS ON PIERRE CARDIN

"Pierre Cardin experimented with designing dramatic, geometric silhouettes in new synthetic fabrics that defied traditionally feminine styles of the era, bringing Space Age–chic to the public pre-2001. He [Pierre Cardin] expanded his bold reach into the realms of menswear, home design, accessories, and jewelry, as well as a restaurant (Maxim’s) and a multipurpose arts venue in Paris. At the age of 95, Cardin still remains at the helm of his empire"

"The designer, who turned 97 this month and still reports to the office every day, is one of the last men standing from the Golden Age of couture, having helped give birth to Christian Dior’s New Look, and his technical ability is indisputable. “Because of his vast knowledge of construction, tailoring, and sculptural-architectural proportions, Cardin is the only Paris couturier, outside of Balenciaga, who is not only a designer, but an excellent fitter and cutter"

Mr. Cardin’s ardor for interstellar exploration dated from his earliest years. “I anticipated space fashion even before the space conquest became real,” he told Mr. Yokobosky. “When I was a child, I always imagined that man would one day walk on the moon.” A self-professed outlier, Mr. Cardin worked at night in relative isolation, all but oblivious to the work of his contemporaries. “I was never influenced by anyone,” he insisted, except perhaps Balenciaga, whose asceticism he embraced.

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