Who is Pierre Cardin? Pierre Cardin Bio/Wiki
Pierre Cardin was a native-born French fashion designer of Italian descent. He is famous for his avant-garde style and designs for the Space Age. He was born on 2 July 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, Italy.
Geometric shapes and motifs were favored by him, often ignoring the female type. He progressed into unisex, often experimental, and not always realistic, fashions. In 1950, he set up his fashion house and launched the “bubble dress” in 1954.
Cardin died at the age of 98 at the American Hospital of Paris, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, on 29 December 2020.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) December 29, 2020
He was 98 years old.
In central France, Cardin was educated. Early in his career, he worked as a clothing apprentice at the age of 14, studying the fundamentals of fashion design and building. He left home to work for a tailor in Vichy in 1939, where he started making women’s suits.
He served for the Red Cross during World War II, initiating humanitarian interests that continued throughout his lifetime.
Apparently, Cardin was primarily gay, but he had a four-year relationship with the actress Jeanne Moreau in the 1960s.
In northern Italy, Cardin was born near Treviso. His parents were prosperous landlords, but they left Italy in order to avoid fascism and settled in France in 1924. His father, a wealthy wine merchant, had wanted him to study architecture, but he had been interested in dressmaking since childhood.
In 1950, Cardin created his own fashion house. His career began when, on 3 September 1951, he designed about 30 of the costumes for the Party of the Century, a masquerade ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice, hosted by the owner of the palazzo, Carlos de Beistegui.
In 1953, he inaugurated his haute couture production. When he traveled there in 1959, he was the first fashion designer to turn to Japan as a high fashion market. That same year, as the first couturier in Paris to do so, he was expelled from the Chambre Syndicale for launching a ready-to-wear line for the department store Printemps but was soon reinstated.
Cardin attempted to sell his company in 2011, valuing it at EUR 1 billion, but it was considered worth only a fifth of that value by the Wall Street Journal. In the end, he did not sell the brand.
His death was confirmed by the French Fine Arts Academy on Tuesday. According to Agence France-Presse, he died at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just outside Paris, his family said.
RIP Pierre Cardin, who designed this famous suit. pic.twitter.com/Y6aycawYyh
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) December 29, 2020
So many iconic ‘60s looks are because of Pierre Cardin. RIP to a legendary designer. pic.twitter.com/yZAnmLgqOz
— Emma Fraser (@frazbelina) December 29, 2020