1960's Iconic Pierre Cardin Oversize Red "Delphine" Sunglasses

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Iconic 1960's Pierre Cardin "Delphine" sunglasses with oversize frames. These highly collectible and flattering sunglasses feature an angular pointed frame in red that transition to light pink at the inner corners and bridge. In excellent condition with with no scratches or scuffs and new gradient lenses.
Width (widest point at top from edge to edge) - 5 3/4"
Height (top of frame to bottom) - 2 1/4"
Arm (from hinge to rounded end) - 5"
Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin
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Excellent. The sunglasses are completely balanced when worn (tested on three people) though they don't lie flat when on a flat surface as there is a slight bend in one of the arms. I have not attempted to have them tweaked by an optometrist..
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
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About Pierre Cardin

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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