Legendary French fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, has died.
The French Academy of Fine Arts announced Cardin’s death in a tweet today.
During the ’70s and ’80s, the Cardin name was embossed on thousands of products, including watches and bedsheets, and sold at over 100,000 stores across the world.
Cardin was known for popularizing the Space Age style that became common in the 1960s.
A protege of Christian Dior, Cardin’s early work under his own label, was very much the style of the time. In the decade that took us to the moon, Cardin introduced his futuristic “lunar” fashions for men and women.
His breakout creation was the bubble dress which he designed in 1954. It proved commercially successful worldwide, setting the stage for a string of fashion innovations.
His creations adorned many stars of the day, among them Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Jeanne Moreau, Jackie Kennedy, Charlotte Rampling, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Cardin was one of the first designers to capitalize on the business side of fashion, becoming a household name thanks to licensing.
Cardin said in a 1970 interview with French television,
“Fashion is always ridiculous, seen from before or after. But in the moment, it’s marvelous.”
P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes’s documentary last year, House of Cardin, charted the still moving career trajectory of the legend.
Big fans and serious collectors, Ebersole and Hughes said today,
“It’s a sad day. One we knew would come, but that we somehow thought never would.”