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ABOUT CARDIN

    PIERRE CARDIN

    A Life of Design Innovation

    Pierre Cardin is born on July 2, 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, near Venice, Italy to French parents. Later that year the family returns to live in St Etienne, southeast France.
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Birth of a Legend

1922

Pierre Cardin is born on July 2, 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, near Venice, Italy to French parents. Later that year the family returns to live in St Etienne, southeast France.
    The bright Lights Beckon

    The bright Lights Beckon

    1944

    A teenage Pierre apprentices with a clothier and later a tailor, setting the foundations for a brilliant career in fashion. During the Second World War, he works for the Red Cross, and after the Liberation of France he moves to Paris, the fashion capital of the world.
    Impressing His Elders

    Impressing His Elders

    1947

    While studying architecture, Cardin takes several fashion jobs, including working on costumes for a Jean Cocteau film. An introduction by the famed French writer and filmmaker to designer Christian Dior leads to Cardin joining the latter's atelier.
    A Beautiful Beginning

    A Beautiful Beginning

    1950

    Pierre Cardin leaves Dior to found his own atelier. A masquerade ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice on September 3, 1951 presents the imaginative young couturier with the perfect opportunity to showcase his talents. He designs 30 costumes for this 'party of the century' to great acclaim.
    Durchbruch mit dem Ballonkleid

    Durchbruch mit dem Ballonkleid

    1954

    Cardin's passion with geometric shapes, particularly the bubble, prompts him to design the bubble dress. It's a hit with chic Parisians giving him the confidence to open his first boutique at 118, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. He christens the shop Eve.
    Pioneer in the East

    Pioneer in the East

    1957

    Setting a precedent for other designers of the era, Cardin travels to Japan. His is the first international high fashion house to open a boutique there selling womenswear and menswear. The Japanese respond by making him an honorary professor at Bunka Fashion College, where the student of the year receives the coveted Pierre Cardin award.
    Technological Prowess

    Technological Prowess

    1964

    Man's exploration of space in the early 1960s fuels Cardin's futuristic vision. His collections are influenced by science fiction and scientific discovery, both in cut and fabric – he is the first couturier to use synthetic materials.
    Mentor für die Talente von morgen

    Mentor für die Talente von morgen

    1970

    A champion of young creatives, Cardin opens Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. The new complex hosts a full program of exhibitions and events dedicated to emerging artists and designers, adding further vibrancy to the Parisian cultural scene.
    The Golden Years

    The Golden Years

    1982

    Cardin is a three-time recipient of the Golden Thimble - in 1977, 1979 and 1982 – acknowledging his place in the upper echelons of French fashion. The award, chosen by a panel of fashion journalists, honours the designer judged to be making the most significant impact in haute couture.
    Crowning Moment

    Crowning Moment

    2007

    Pierre Cardin's stellar career is recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The designer receives the prestigious International Award at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards. It is a fitting tribute to his more than half a century spent at the cutting-edge of fashion and design.
    Avant-Garde Achievement

    Avant-Garde Achievement

    2014

    The enduring avant-garde style of Pierre Cardin can be viewed at the designer's new museum. Called Past-Present-Future and opening at 5 rue St-Merri in the artistic Le Marais district of Paris in November, the museum showcases more than 200 of Cardin's haute couture designs, including his daring geometric cuts and the iconic bubble dress, as well as accessories, jewellery and furniture. Visitors can appreciate the flawless tailoring and bold experimentation that have characterised the master's work since his first collection in 1953.