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Pierre Cardin Silver and Gold Metal Patent Leather Bag. Space Age. 1960's.


Fantastic early Pierre Cardin white patent leather bag with alternating rectangles of textured and glossy, silver and gold, metal pieces. Each metal rectangle is carefully riveted to the front with tiny delicate studs. So on trend! Think Paco Rabanne heavy hardware refined by Cardin's elegant couture aesthetic. This Space Age beauty drops from the shoulder on a gilt metal chain. Silk Lined. Signed: Pierre Cardin Paris. Size: 6.5 inches wide. 6.5 inches tall. 19.5 inches total drop including chain. 1 inch deep. The exterior condition is excellent aside from a few faint scratches on some of the glossy metal rectangles. These are not visible when worn.The textured rectangles are pristine. This bag is really hard to photograph because it is super shiny; so ignore any streaks or darkened areas you see in the pics. These are just reflections. It appears this bag was rarely used but there are a few small marks on the satin interior shown in photo 8. A simply iconic piece of Space Age Couture!


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  • Condition
    Excellent. Some faint scratches on glossy metal pieces. Tiny marks on top corner of silk lining..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 6.5 in. x W 6.5 in. x D 1 in.

    H 16.51 cm x W 16.51 cm x D 2.54 cm

  • Length
    19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Seller location
    Santa Barbara, CA
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About Pierre Cardin (Manufacturer)

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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