Vintage Pierre Cardin Leather Jacket, Men's Small or Women's Large

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Vintage brushed leather zippered motorcycle jacket with folding collar and tri-band decorative racing stripes across the breast and up and down the front sides. Brown satin lining. Made in France. Measures 19" across and back which I calculate to be a woman's size L but on the smaller side. Sleeve length is 18" from armpit to cuff and 23" from shoulder to cuff. Very good original vintage condition with no stains. Suede has been handled but smooths out after brushing. There is a single tooth missing from the zipper which hasn't disrupted opening nor closing but at some point it may need to be replaced.

Pierre Cardin (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 1960s-Early 1970s
Materials and Techniques
Wear consistent with age and use
25 in. H x 19 in. W x 7 in. D
63 cm H x 48 cm W x 18 cm D
Dealer Location
Weymouth, MA
Number of Items
Reference Number

About Pierre Cardin (Designer)

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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