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Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin

With a career that spans 6 decades Pierre Cardin has to be considered one of the most inventive and influential fashion designers of the 20th century.
In 1945 he was working at the house of Madame Paquin, later leaving it to join Marcelle Chaumont, who was Madame Vionnet’s assistant. In the following years he worked with Schiaparelli, and Jean Cocteau.
Then, starting in 1947, he spent 3 years with Christian Dior.
What a rich and wonderful start to a career that would eventually lead to the opening of his own couture house in 1950.

My favorite period of Cardin’s design has to be the 1960’s – 1970’s. His fresh designs embraced the themes of science-fiction and travel to outer space. The space age 3-D shift, the astronaut men’s look and the “white breasts” dress. Materials never before used in fashion such as vinyl and metal rings were adorned with brooches made of carpenters nails, and diamonds. Tight leather trousers, knit cat suits, close-fitting helmets and bat wing jumpsuits were all part of his collections.

For decades he has amazed the world with his innovations. As a fashion designer, he has been continually experimenting with the ideas of abstraction, exaggeration and technology.
One could call him an architect designer.

The merging of fashion and architecture is fully evident in the following video where the 2008-2009 collection is revealed.

You have to check out the Pierre Cardin official website. As innovative as his clothing designs this site is a visual masterpiece while also displaying his oeuvre of past and present projects and designs.

Pierre Cardin Website
Pierre Cardin Website

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Fashion – 1917 – The Edwardian Era

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This film details the haute – couture of American fashion [c. 1917] for the well heeled one percent of women who might be able to afford it.

I’ve always been very interested in the historical aspects of fashion. How interesting it is to observe this from afar and ponder the modes and mores of this earlier day. It was definitely a time when the concept of following fashion, was a woman’s only avenue to succeed. It was largely through her fashion statements that she was able to climb the social ladder.

As an aside notice the elaborate stockings. Stockings then were either silk, or lisle, the cotton weave we know today as t-shirt cloth. Nylons will not be introduced until 1939.

The fabrics then, including the silks, cottons, serges and all textiles really were of a variety and richness not seen today.