The visionary Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin in 1978

Pierre Cardin in 1978

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How the Italian-French designer revolutionized the world with his "future" clothes.

There are few people who can foresee the future. They are guardians of great qualities: allowing themselves creative freedom, ambition, sweat and, of course, privileged intelligence. Italian-French fashion designer Pierre Cardin brings them all together and occupies the privileged list of visionaries who were able to literally change the world. To recognize this talent, the Brooklyn Museum in New York set up the "Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion" exhibit, that focuses on over nearly seven decades of his work. It features over 170 items, including original pieces, clothing, accessories, dresses, furniture, sketches, films and personal photographs of Cardin, providing a true dip mainly into the Parisian style of the 1960s and 1970s. And it is no coincidence that this show, in one of the most famous regions of the world, takes place in the same year that celebrates 50 years of the arrival of man to the moon. "He created clothes with the future in mind. Cardin was inspired by the language of the space race and influenced the behavior of people with new dynamics," says João Braga, professor of fashion history and author of books on the subject.


In addition to innovating how to dress, Cardin was responsible for the emergence of other big names in fashion, such as French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. In the 1970, when he turned 18, Gaultier got his first job at Cardin's studio as his "pin picker," as the jargon of fashion says. There he learned that to be a great "Coutourier" ("couturier" in French) one had to learn to deconstruct.

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