Famed French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98. The French Academy of Fine Arts announced Cardin’s death in a tweet. He had been a longstanding member since 1992. The academy did not give a cause of death or say where the designer died.
Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who made his debut in Cardin’s maison, said on Twitter, “Thank you Mister Cardin to have opened for me the doors of fashion and made my dream possible.”
From the 1950’s to today, the Pierre Cardin brand grew to include an array of everything including fashion, fragrances, home goods, bed sheets, watches and more.
Pietro Cardin was born on the 2nd of July, in San Biagio di Callalta (Venice, Italy) in 1922. He arrived in France at the age of 2 and grew up in Saint-Etienne.
In 1945, Cardin arrived in Paris and started working for Paquin and then Schiaparelli before he met Christian Dior.
Dior, who had just opened his own Fashion house at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, hired Cardin as a tailor. In 1950, Pierre Cardin founded his own company, at 10 rue Richepanse. He started designing masks and costumes for the theater.
His “bubble dresses” were a worldwide triumph in 1954. He then opened his first Parisian boutique, “Eve.”
He went onto present his first ready-to-wear collection for women at the Printemps department store in Paris. His goal was to make Haute-Couture more accessible and launched the women’s ready-to-wear department.
Cardin once said, “The clothing I prefer is the one I create for a life that does not yet exist, the world of tomorrow.”
Designing for actress Lauren Bacall, Cardin also created costumes for one of the most famous ballerinas, Maia Plissetskaia.
The couturier was the first to grace the cover of Time Magazine. Branching out, he took his designs to the sky, creating for Atlantic Aviation.
From a museum in France to a restaurant owner, Pierre Cardin conquered and achieved everything he set his mind to.
In 2019 the “House of Cardin” documentary world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
Learn more about the life and work of Pierre Cardin: https://pierrecardin.com/