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December 30, 2020

Amazing Space Age Fashion Designs by Pierre Cardin From the 1960s

“The clothes that I prefer are those I invent for a life that doesn’t exist yet – the world of tomorrow.”

Pierre Cardin, who was known for his 1960s “Space Age” fashion designs, passed away on December 29, according to the Fine Arts Academy of France. He was 98 years old.

The designer was born in Italy and moved to France as a young teenager. He subsequently changed his first name from Pietro to Pierre, and pronounced his surname with a French accent, thus evolving into the Pierre Cardin many know today.

He began his career as a tailor’s apprentice, worked for Elsa Schiaparelli, and became the head of Christian Dior's workshop in 1947. In 1950, he founded his own fashion house and by the 1960s he was one of the biggest proponents of prêt-à-porter.

Not only was Cardin known for his retrofuturist fashion sense, but he was one of the first designers to license his name, setting the stage for the logomania craze we still see today. In the 1970s and 1980s, the designer embossed his signature into thousands of items from watches to sunglasses.

R.I.P Pierre Cardin!


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