Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pierre Cardin

Italian-born French Fashion designer Pierre Cardin was Born today (July 7) in 1922 in Venice, Italy.

He immigrated to Paris in 1924 with his parents, who were thrown into poverty by World War I. After working briefly with Elsa Schiaparelli, Cardin joined Dior in 1946 and opened his own couture house in 1950.

from Cardin's 1962 collection

He was a pioneer from the start, creating a design-based, architectural fashion with a futurist sensibility. Cardin also had a pioneer's understanding of fashion's relationship to new audiences, presenting his collections to large crowds.

He was the first to demonstrate that fashion can be both a creative process and a business and that one man can excel as both a businessman and an artist.

from Cardin's 1968 collection

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