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Pierre Cardin

Vanessa Semmens

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Cardin, Pierre

Myra Walker

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Born in Italy of French parents on 2 July 1922, the designer was originally named Pietro Cardini. After several years in Venice, however, his family relocated to France. As a young man Cardin briefly studied architecture before joining the house of Paquin in 1945. His tenure there gave him the opportunity of working with Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau on the 1946 film La Belle et la bête, for which he created the velvet costume for the Beast, played by Jean Marais. After a brief stint with Els

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