About Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin is actually Italian Born with the name Pietro Cardin and born to French parentage. He was born on July 7 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta, Venice. When I first got interested in Fashion Design and Clothing Design, it was Pierre Cardin and Courreges that piqued my curiosity. Those wonderful, glorious vibrant colors enticed. The science fiction type architectural elements were new and innovative. He was 14 years old and already a clothier’s apprentice, learning the basics of fashion design and construction. He was 17 when he left home to work for a tailor in Vichy, where he began making suits for women. He moved to Paris in 1945. He apprenticed with masters of clothing construction such as Jeanne Paquin, Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. I have always believed having a creative environment is very important for the encouragement and exchange of ideas. Being around your peers and like-minded artistic types can only serve to make innovative ideas flourish. Cardin then branched out on his own just five years after his apprenticeship and founded his own house in 1950. Then three short years after designing costumes and masks for theatre companies, he showed his first line of a ladies collection. When researching artists and designers, I have realized that so many have taken employment in other areas, in order to “make a living”. For instance, Salvatore Dali used to design neckties. Juan Miro used to design theatre costumes. And Henri Matisse designed Church stain glass windows.
Then in 1960 he introduced the first designer ready-to-wear collection for men.
As an artist, designer and entrepreneur, I understand the need to find your niche. We work in so many areas of creativity, to give our talent an outlet.
Since a designer incorporates elements from things he has learned Pierre Cardin is no exception. His designs had the element of the theatrical, the flare, the flamboyant and the eccentric. He is tireless and prolific in what he presents to the world.
He is well known all over the world, so are his collections. They are Iconic and to collect his work is a wonderful coup. The best pieces are of course the pieces from the 1950s, 1960s and early 70s. In the later years, he began licensing his name. Unfortunately this eclipsed his more innovative work. And Cardin has approximately 400 licensee companies that sell anything from clothing to crockery and supplies for every room in a home, which of course lessens the quality of new designs.
In 1980, Cardin celebrated 30 years in the industry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
On February October 28 2010, Pierre Cardin received in New York city by the Fashion Group a “legend award” for his whole career.
He is 89 today. And continues to be active in the arts. He has influenced many designers, including Americans such as Bill Blass and Alexander Wang.
Cardin lives and works in Paris, constantly designing and innovating his many lines of clothing, footwear, perfume and hats with his avant-garde sensibilities. Cardin is unwilling to retire. Even if someone buys his company, he wants to stay in a creative capacity.
A quote taken from the website: http://www.pierrecardin.com/news_en.php
Pierre Cardin claims his style: modern, innovative and breath taking.
He introduces a colorful and floating collection inspired by freedom, meant for all four seasons. Hats, futuristic sunglasses, jewels are the seal of the creator’s signature.
If you fancy a visit to their Paris location the address is: 59 Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris France.
Collecting Pierre Cardin: Getting to know a designer like Pierre Cardin is extensive. You can dedicate a lifetime to his work and acquiring knowledge of his collections. Since his first collection in 1953 and up till 2011, and showing collections at least twice a year…that’s a heck of a lot of clothing.
If you are a collector or interested in collecting Pierre Cardin, you can start on something small, such as a necktie, a scarf, a belt, a piece of jewelry and/or a pair of sunglasses. A collector can find some wonderful articles on auction sites that sell vintage and they can still be affordable. You can also check with other sites for information about vintage articles, such as: http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource-a-z/
The Vintage Fashion Guild site provides short biography information about designer labels, but also provides images of vintage labels. This allows the collector to compare when shopping for authentication purposes. It is very handy and you can save it in your favorites.
One tip I have before buying anything collectible is to ask questions of the seller. They may or may not be knowledgeable about their merchandise, but you may also get some great deals if you do your research before buying.
Some questions to consider: Condition is very important. If the seller has not gone into detail, you may ask them about tears, pulled threads, holes, scratches, ect. Depending on what item you are considering. For instance if you are looking at a pair of sunglasses: ask the seller if the arms have chew marks, because there are people who like to chew on their glasses? (I don’t know why? I have worn glasses since I was 10 and that was not one of my habits, but it could be someone’s habit). Or if you are considering a scarf: you can ask if there are any snags, pulls or holes in the fabric?
My motto about vintage is: Owning something Vintage means owning a piece of history and creating a new history with it.
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