Pierre Cardin

Fashion Designer
Born Jul 7, 1922

Pierre Cardin, born Pietro Cardin, is an Italian-born French fashion designer who was born on 7 July 1922, at San Biagio di Callalta near Treviso. Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the "bubble dress" in 1954. Pierre Cardin was also designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Pierre Cardin.


1922 Birth Born on July 2, 1922.


1939 17 Years Old In 1939, he left home to work for a tailor in Vichy, where he began making suits for women. … Read More


1945 23 Years Old Cardin moved to Paris in 1945. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old He worked with Elsa Schiaparelli until he became head of Christian Dior's tailleure atelier in 1947, but was denied work at Balenciaga.
1950 28 Years Old Cardin founded his own house in 1950.
1951 29 Years Old His career was launched when he designed about 30 of the costumes for "the party of the century", a masquerade ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice on 3 September 1951, hosted by the palazzo's owner, Carlos de Beistegui.


1953 31 Years Old He began with haute couture in 1953.
1959 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Cardin was the first couturier to turn to Japan as a high fashion market when he travelled there in 1959.


1966 44 Years Old Cardin resigned from the Chambre Syndicale in 1966 and began showing his collections in his own venue, the "Espace Cardin" (opened 1971) in Paris, formerly the "Théâtre des Ambassadeurs", near the Embassy of the United States in Paris. … Read More
1971 49 Years Old In 1971, Cardin redesigned the Barong Tagalog, a national costume of the Philippines by opening the front, removing the cuffs that needed cufflinks, flaring the sleeves, and minimizing the embroidery. … Read More


1972 50 Years Old The business initiatives included a contract with American Motors Corporation (AMC). Following the success of the Aldo Gucci designed Hornet Sportabout station wagon interiors, the automaker incorporated Cardin's theme on the AMC Javelin starting in mid-1972. … Read More
1975 53 Years Old Continuously fascinated by geometric shapes, in 1975, Cardin applied his fetish for the bubble to a monumental domestic work which would become Le Palais Bulles (the Bubble House), along with the help of architect Antti Lovag. … Read More
1981 59 Years Old Cardin bought Maxim's restaurants in 1981 and soon opened branches in New York, London, and Beijing (1983). … Read More


1994 72 Years Old Like many other designers today, Cardin decided in 1994 to show his collection only to a small circle of selected clients and journalists. … Read More
2001 79 Years Old In 2001, Cardin purchased the ruins of the castle in Lacoste, Vaucluse that was once inhabited by the Marquis de Sade; he has partially renovated the site and holds music or dance festivals (particularly with Marie-Claude Pietragalla) there. … Read More
2009 87 Years Old On 16 October 2009, Pierre Cardin was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). … Read More
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