Pierre Cardin

PIERRE CARDIN (1922 - 2020)


A true pioneer of futuristic fashion, Pierre Cardin, whose real name is Pietro Cardini, was also a recognized designer, collector and great patron very attached to spotting young artists. Died on December 29 at the age of 98, this son of Italian farmers made his name an empire by becoming as much an emblematic figure of fashion as of the world of the arts. MyStudiolo traces the life of this extraordinary creator with international fame and limitless ambition in :

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1950 Ambitious, Pierre Cardin founded his own fashion house. At first, he chose to devote his art to making masks and theater costumes. Four years later, his "bubble dresses" triumphed: he revolutionized haute couture with his experimental forms and architectural silhouettes whose motifs were borrowed from Pop Art.

1970 Passionate about design, Pierre Cardin is at the origin of very beautiful collections of furniture which he designs as "utilitarian sculptures". Combining futurism and tradition, this work reveals the creativity of the couturier in this area. His creations with extravagant and organic shapes are works in their own right: they are not placed against the wall but can be admired from all angles.

1971 A patron at heart, he takes over the "Ambassadors' Theater" in the Gabriel avenue in Paris. He created the Espace Pierre Cardin there, open to theater, dance, music, painting and exhibitions. Performed there artists like Marlène Dietrich, Bob Wilson, Gérard Depardieu, or Jeanne Moreau with whom he will have a love affair for four years.

1991 Pierre Cardin becomes the owner of the Palais Bulles a gigantic pop-psychedelic house on the heights of Cannes. Its 1200 m2 are decorated with seventies lacquer furniture signed by his hand and the works of his favorite artists such as Picasso, Lucio Fontana, Serge Manzon or Miguel Berrocal. The murals are signed Patrice Breteau, François Chauvin, Gérard Le Cloarec, Dominique Maraval, Jérôme Tisserand or Daniel You.

1993 Along with his status as a patron of the Fine Arts Academy and passionate about Contemporary Art, Pierre Cardin wishes to encourage new talents. He then created the Pierre Cardin Prize: five annual prizes awarded by the Fine Arts Academy honoring the excellence of the career of young painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and composers, aged under 35. He has always been very attentive to the winners thus rewarded.

2007 With the Evolution Pierre Cardin gallery, he is dedicating a new space to contemporary creation. The first retrospective of the Pierre Cardin awards since their creation is organized there. About thirty laureates were able to exhibit in this atypical place, three of their recent works. Faithful to his action as a patron, Pierre Cardin thus wishes to support, encourage and promote artists.