Fashion Designer: Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin was born in Venice, Italy in a French family on the 7th of July 1922. In 1945 Cardin moved to Paris where he studied architecture. After the war he started working for Paquin to gain some experience and extra knowledge. After that came his involvement with the fashion house of Elsa Schiaparelli, after which another great opportunity presented itself- head of a Dior atelier in 1947.
Since Pierre was a talented and quite ambitious, soon he decided to open his own fashion house. The Cardin brand was started in 1950 and by 1953 there were already haute couture clothes being designed and sewed.

Cardin’s popular space designs and avant-garde style quickly drew the attention of many movie stars and celebrities of all kind (Audrey Hepburn for example was often spotted wearing his creations).He was the first designer to introduce the ‘bubble dress’ while experimenting with geometric forms and styles that were not always practical but quite often dazzling. The unisex clothes he designed were something quite new at the time and were also a daring move that Cardin decided to take. Another thing that Cardin became a pioneer in is the Japanese fashion market, he was the first to introduce it and develop it ever since his visit there in 1959.

Many more experiments followed through the years. Cardin designed car interiors, bought restaurants and his own venue, even a castle. Not only that, but he has also showed a vivid interest in theatre, art and music and has not only supported artists but also organized events and musicals.

Although Pierre Cardin put his company for sale in 2004 he still continues his work as a fashion designer and says he will do that until he dies. He is currently around 90 years old but still an important name in the fashion world.

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