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Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin (France, b. 1922)

Best known for creating groundbreaking fashion designs from the 1950s onward, Pierre Cardin has enjoyed great success in other design fields, most notably furniture. Cardin’s chairs, cabinets, tables and other pieces share many of the keynotes of his clothing designs. They are simple, geometric, elegant and cool.


     Cardin was born in a village near Venice, Italy, and raised in central France. Always interested in fashion, he left home at age 17 to train with a Vichy tailor. After the end of World War II, Cardin moved to Paris and worked for a succession of couture houses, before taking a job with Christian Dior in 1946. Cardin went solo in 1950, and quickly won attention for his novel style. Unlike Dior’s famous New Look, Cardin’s clothes de-emphasized a woman’s curves; his breakthrough pieces like the Bubble dress had, instead, a sculptural quality. In the following decade, Cardin introduced bright tunic dresses and shifts, marketed as the Space Age look and accessorized with vinyl hats and visors.


     In the 1970s Cardin expanded his design work into furniture, jewelry and automobiles. (Later, licensing agreements would put Cardin’s name on goods ranging from perfume to sunglasses.) Cardin’s furniture pieces — inspired, perhaps, by the rediscovery of Art Deco design in that decade — feature simple, symmetrical forms, lacquer and figured veneer finishes, and accents in metals such as aluminum and brass. Whether you are looking for a vintage cocktail dress or a chest of drawers to keep it in, as you will see from these pages, Pierre Cardin offers an option in either that is timelessly chic.

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Rare 1960s Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Little Black Dress
By Pierre Cardin
Located in Copenhagen, DK
A stunning 1960s Pierre Cardin Haute Couture dress in a heavy black silk with impeccable couture finish. The classic shift dress has paneling down the front and a simple scoop neckli...
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1960s Pierre Cardin

A Rare 1960s Vintage Pierre Cardin Space-age Silver Cuff
By Pierre Cardin
Located in Copenhagen, DK
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Pierre Cardin Vintage Navy Wool Space Age Dress, 1960s
By Pierre Cardin, Pierre Cardin
Located in Copenhagen, DK
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1970s Pierre Cardin Black Beads and Gold Sequin Necklace
By Pierre Cardin
Located in Copenhagen, DK
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