Pierre Cardin has been an integral part of women’s fashion during the past century; now it’s time to put him on your essential summer bucket list.
When the Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation exhibit opens at Rosecliff next month, it will feature 42 original pieces from Cardin’s private archives. The show, which opens on May 27 and runs through the end of the year, documents his prolific career from the 1950s through his 2016 spring-summer collection. The elucidating exhibit will include pieces from the 1960s space-age Cosmocorps collection, unisex jumpsuits from the 1972 Olympics, and the technologically advanced Cardine dress, made of thermo-formed fabric.
The legendary designer will also host a runway show of his vintage and contemporary work at The Breakers on June 17. The event will end with cake and champagne, as guests are invited to celebrate Cardin’s upcoming 95th birthday (which occurs on July 2) along with him.
Cardin began working in haute couture with Christian Dior in 1946, where he helped develop the “New Look” – more modern shapes and forms for dresses – that would change women’s fashion forever. Just four years later, Cardin founded his own eponymous line. In 1959 he further shocked the world once again when he presented a ready-to-wear collection – one of the first to take high fashion and make it more accessible to a broader audience.
In the 1960s Cardin fell in love with the great race to space. His futuristic fashions followed, but he also went on to design space suits for NASA. He quickly gained an audience with some of the time’s most glamorous and influential women, including Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, and Charlotte Rampling. Today, the brand continues to sell goods internationally, and his name remains cemented among the fashion houses of history.