Known for his bold designs, Pierre Cardin revolutionized world of design. The first designer to embrace ready-to-wear , he created an empire that spans the globe and seeped into every design field imaginable.
Pierre Cardin was born in
Cardin left Dior in 1950 to open his own Haute Couture house and followed soon after with his first boutique on the
Pierre Cardin is known for his “space suits” of the 60s, his metal , and as the inventor of the “bubble dress.” His early designs were dramatic, bold, and often irregular in cut. His unisex fashions were often more experimental than practical. Honestly, I don't care much for his fashion sense, but when he decided to move into interiors is when I think he found a truely unique and qonderful voice and spoke to the times.
His furniture designs are sleek and elegant. I would never want to live in an entire space designed by Cardin, but certain pops of his designs are crucial for a luxuriously chic feel.
With his goals of building the first global empire, Pierre Cardin was the first couturier designer to target the Japanese market when he visited there in 1959. In 1978, he signed production agreements with the
Today, the Pierre Cardin empire employs over 180,000 workers in 70 countries. His fashion lines include menswear, , fragrance, women’s fashion, and lingerie. His name appears on products from fashion to wine, bicycles to furniture. Pierre Cardin licenses over 840 products in 98 countries. He owns the Maxim’s hotel and restaurant chain that includes restaurants in five countries and a product line of gourmet foods. A tireless businessman, he boasts that he has never borrowed a franc from the bank. He has become the world’s richest Haute Couture designer, but despite his success, he shuns advertising.
Pierre Cardin lives in