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Pierre Cardin began his career with Paquin and Schiaparelli in the year 1945. He met Jean Cocteau and Christian Berard, with whom he designed masks and costumes for films such as "La Belle et la Bete" (The Beauty and the Beast).In the year 1946 he left Paquin and Schiaparelli to work for Christian Dior, who at that time had just opened business. The year 1950 took a great leap for him and he founded his own company in the 10 Rue Richepanse and he started designing masks and costumes for the theatre. In the year 1953 he presented his first ever "Ladies Collection". His "Bubble Dress' was a huge success world over.

He opened his first boutique at 118, Rue du Fauboroug Saint Honrore-Paris 8e. Pierre started to design colorful men's ties and printed shirts for his menswear line. He came up with his second boutique in the 1957 which was named "Adam". The same year he made a trip to Japan. The year 1957 saw Pierre being made an honorary Professor of the Bunka Fukosa Design College, where he gave lessons on the three dimensional cut for one month. Pierre was honored in the year 1958 where he received the award for "Young Designer" at Boston, USA. His first ready to wear collection for women was in stores in the year 1959 at the Printemps in Paris. The first men's collection was presented by 250 French Students and the name of the line was "Cylinder, in the year 1960.

During the seventies, Pierre Cardin launched a group of new designers which main creative objective was to explore the design of tomorrow. Pierre Cardin gathered the shapes he gave to fashion in order to transfer them to his furniture are that he called "Utilitarian Sculptures".

Today his creativity is still aiming the future and that is why Pierre Cardin decides to launch a new line of "Utilitarian Sculptures" furniture in his Boutique situated 82 Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. Pierre Cardin still designs without any regards for limitations of angles or walls that he qualifies as obstacles. He is driven by his personal design philosophy that he sums as follows: "To bring the shape to life, the proportions and the line must be right ".

-   A Couturier

For Pierre Cardin, 1954 marked the worldwide triumph of 'bubble dresses'. With this success came the opening of the first 'Eve' boutique at 118, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris. Pierre Cardin's approach to fashion is always as striking as it is audacious, as could be seen on October 20 2007, at the foot of the Mingsha mountain at Dunhuang, in the middle of the vastness of the Gobi Desert, is a perfect illustration.

In 1991, Pierre Cardin made headlines in Russia that resounded through the fashion world by presenting a fashion show on Red Square in Moscow attended by 200,000 spectators!

Pierre Cardin was awarded the golden thimble three times, in 1977, 1979 and 1982. It is the highest distinction in Haute Couture, crowning so many years of hard work in the interests of Fashion.

For women, he presented asymmetrical dresses, hoop dresses and of course bubble dresses. 

During the sixties, Pierre Cardin continued his conquest of the world by creating the system of licenses that he was to apply to fashion. The famous 'Cylinder' line for men was presented in 1960 by 250 was the starting point for ready-to-wear clothes for men.

In the middle of the first decade of the third millennium, Pierre Cardin personally retraced his career as a couturier in his museum in Saint-Ouen, where he installed about 150 designs from among the most representative of his career.

His ready-to-wear concept was a great success with women. Later, Pierre Cardin said, "I didn't want fashion to go on being an exclusive privilege of the well-off"

During the sixties, Pierre Cardin gave free rein to his futuristic ideas inspired by scientific progress and became the first couturier to work with synthetic materials.

The sixties celebrated youth, and for Pierre Cardin, "Designs must be young, without frontiers of race or nationality. A great designer must have an ideal to create for, and mine is to create for the young".

The Cosmos years were an opportunity for Pierre Cardin to show he had the explorer's spirit by imagining the fashion of tomorrow's world. In the sixties, Pierre Cardin really took off. 'Les Cardinettes' collection in the year 1960 surprised people where he displayed the designer logo on the clothes for the first time.

While bubble dresses were going round the world, Pierre Cardin decided to do the same, and make his mark on it. APierre Cardin designed the suits for the character of John Steed in the famous TV series 'The Avengers'.

A big event for Pierre Cardin took place in 1992, when he became the first couturier to be offered a seat in the Academy of Fine Arts, where he took over the seat of Pierre Dux.

Pierre Cardin was very impressed by the fantastic adventure of putting a man on the moon. He visited NASA and became the first civilian in the world to put on the spacesuit worn by heroes like Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

In 1977, Pierre Cardin received the Gold Thimble of French Haute-Couture made by Cartier, which is awarded to the most creative collection of the season.

That first impression left in Japan by Pierre Cardin was confirmed in 1962 by the creation of the Pierre Cardin Prize awarded to the best designer of the year at the Bunka Fukuso Fashion School.

For mens' and womens' fashion alike, Pierre Cardin says " Each of my creations echoes the artistic, social, and scientific events of these last fifty years."

For men, he proposed collarless buttoned jackets! The Beatles loved them, and asked Pierre Cardin to design their clothes.


Nicknamed "the big sculpture to live in" by Cesar, Palais Bulles (the Bubble House) continued to inspire Pierre Cardin, who saw it as the way he would like Paradise to be.

In 1970, opened the Espace Cardin and launched a group of designers (including Maria Pergay and Joe Colombo) on his 'Art of the Environment' line.

At the beginning of the 70s, Pierre Cardin was fascinated by liquid materials like polyurethane that end up as solid shapes, which enabled him to create furniture reflecting his original ideas.

In design, Pierre Cardin refuses stereotypes. "I like designing out of context, without the limitations of angles, corridors, rooms or walls. It's all the same to me whether I'm doing sleeves for dresses or table-legs."

This is how Pierre Cardin sums up his design work. "I wanted to make different furniture. I like novelty, and that's what the 70's were about for me."

In his new architectural project, the Palais Lumiere (the Light Palace), the inspiration is vastness.

In 1975, having already applied his fetish 'bubble' shape to furniture, Pierre Cardin decided to use it for a monumental work, and so began the Palais Bulles adventure, his 'Bubble House' , with Antti Lovag, the architect of the sphere.

Pierre Cardin furnished his Palais Bulles (the Bubble House) with his original creations, like the black TV sculpture in the living room in the shape of an eye, or the root seats that he designed and had made by Claude Prevost.

The curves of the Palais Bulles (the Bubble House) extend over 1200m². Apart from the panoramic living room, there are 10 bedrooms decorated by contemporary artists like Francois Chauvin and Gerard Le Cloarec.

Pierre Cardin is the couturier of furniture in the interests of shape, and applies the same principle both to couture and design: "To bring the shape to life, the proportions and the line must be right."

With his 'Similitudes', Pierre Cardin uses design and couture to show that shape knows no frontiers.

Nowadays, when people ask what is the basic idea guiding all his design work, Pierre Cardin answers unequivocally, "Not to make furniture boring, that's what I have tried to do."

In 1982, at the Sogetsu Kaikan Museum in Japan, Pierre Cardin launched a new collection of furniture that he called "utilitarian sculpture". In his view, "All its possibilities can be explored and exploited to make both fantasy and functional shapes".

As Pierre Cardin sees it, couture and design connect, because he says, "Only lines count. I only like simplicity. Design inspires me enormously, whether it's vast or microscopic".

In 2000 and 2008, Pierre Cardin again launched two collections of "utilitarian sculpture", featuring avant-garde shapes and colours, as always.

With his 'recto-verso' furniture, Pierre Cardin wants to 'break with the rule that furniture must be against a wall and give it an all round design so it can stand in the middle of a room'.

The shapes that Pierre Cardin gives to his furniture bring it to life. He aims to explore furniture in all its shapes and in all directions.

In the United States, Pierre Cardin design took to the skies in 1978, when he signed a contract with Atlantic Aviation for the interior and exterior design of the Westwind 1124.

This work on private jets met with unqualified success at the National Business Aircraft Convention in Saint-Louis. To crown that American decade of design, Pierre Cardin was awarded the Interior Design prize in 1989.