Pierre Cardin

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Pierre Cardin
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BirthplaceSan Biagio di Callalta, Italy
NationalityFrench
Occupation
Fashion designer

Cardin, Pierre

(pyĕr kärdăN`), 1922–, French fashion designer. He spent most of his early years working in Paris for such firms as SchiaparelliSchiaparelli, Elsa
, 1890–1973, French fashion designer, b. Rome. She established a house of couture in Paris that existed from the late 1920s until 1954, and opened a New York showroom in 1949.
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 and DiorDior, Christian
, 1905–57, French fashion designer. He established his main house of couture in Paris (1946) and by 1958 had salons in 15 countries employing more than 2,000 people.
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. He designed the costumes for Jean CocteauCocteau, Jean
, 1889–1963, French writer, visual artist, and filmmaker. He experimented audaciously in almost every artistic medium, becoming a leader of the French avant-garde in the 1920s.
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's film Beauty and the Beast (1946). At first known as a designer of expensive clothing, he produced his first ready-to-wear line in the early 1960s. He is well known for his early astronaut suits, metal body jewelry, and futuristic look. His clothing is dramatic, bold, and often irregular in cut. His label appears on products as diverse as wines, bicycles, and toiletries. In 1979 he organized a trade agreement with the People's Republic of China to produce Pierre Cardin clothes. In 1991 he was made an honorary ambassador of UNESCO.