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Pierre Cardin

Born: 1922 AD
Currently alive, at 97 years of age.

1922 – Pierre Cardin born on the 7th of July in Venice Italy. French designer of elegantly cut clothes for women and also a pioneer in the design of high fashion for men. Cardin’s father, a wealthy French wine merchant, wished him to study architecture, but from childhood he was interested in dressmaking.

1939 – At 17 he went to Vichy, Fr., to become a tailor at a men’s shop. After World War II he joined the Parisian fashion house of Paquin, where he designed the costumes for Jean Cocteau’s film Beauty and the Beast.

1947 – Created his famous “Bar” suit with long, black skirt and fitted jacket in natural shantung

1947 – 1950 – At the designing establishment of Christian Dior he became one of the designers of the “New Look”.

1950 – He opened a shop to design creations for the popular Parisian costume balls, but he continued to create a limited number of fashions for men and women. He gradually gained a solid reputation as a men’s suit maker and branched into whimsical accessories for men.

1959 – He created the first ready-to-wear collection for women ever presented by a top designer.

1960 – Introduced the first designer ready-to-wear collection for men. He showed himself a master of the bias cut, soft semifitted lines, and lavish colour.

1961 – His stark, short tunics, and his use of vinyl, helmets, and goggles launched the Space Age look. His ready-to-wear line of men’s clothing has especially influenced other designers of male attire, such as the American Bill Blass.