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This untiring servant of peace, tolerance and mutual understanding between peoples was recognised by UNESCO, which appointed him an honorary ambassador in 1991. He used this appointment to spread his message of unity and fraternity.

Other former satellite countries of the former Soviet Union were to give Pierre Cardin a warm welcome. In 1994, Fidel Castro received him personally in Cuba. The two men were mutually fascinated. Pierre Cardin gets on well with Heads of State. He knows how to make himself appreciated, and to get them to appreciate one of the aspects of French culture, which is Fashion.

In 1988, Pierre Cardin went on a grand tour of Asia, where he met: His Royal Highness Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thaïlande, President Suharto of Indonesia, Mrs Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, and Mrs Cory Aquino, President of the Philippines. Russia was an important stage, which began when the first lady of the former Soviet Union, Raïssa Gorbatchev, did not hesitate to ask Pierre Cardin personally to present her some ready to wear items. Pierre Cardin went as far as to organise a show for her that very afternoon.

Pierre Cardin meets another eminent messenger of peace, Pope John-Paul II. His privileged relations with China, based on mutual exchange, led to his being adopted as an honorary citizen of the town of Xi’an, the former imperial capital, one of the original cradles of Chinese culture.

Pierre Cardin insists on the fact that he never gets involved in politics. His approach to international relations is based on a pragmatic ethic that consists of letting a person discover what he does best and at the same time taking on board that person’s finest qualities.  In 1995, he met Nelson Mandela, one of the prime movers for tolerance in the 20th century. Nowadays, Pierre Cardin is at home everywhere because he has become what very few get to be: a real world citizen.

Pierre Cardin was given the exceptional status of guest of honour at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The same year the Chinese Post Office issued a series of stamps depicting Pierre Cardin.