5 Times Pierre Cardin Influenced
From Moschino to Balmain, the futuristic designer had a major influence on some of fashion's biggest names.
Scene from "House of Cardin"
French fashion designer Pierre Cardin was a true visionary. The designer's geometric, angular silhouettes shaped the 1960s and paved the way for a Space Age-fueled boom of futuristic fashion that has since become synonymous with the decade. Along with masters like Andre Courrèges and Paco Rabanne, Cardin revolutionized the ready-to-wear industry through a uniquely modern exploration of the female form.
In the early 1970s, Cardin visited the NASA headquarters and became increasingly inspired by the world of space exploration and travel. Cardin would later go on to design several iterations of space suits for NASA, showing both his love for futurism and undeniable knack for tailoring. During the same time, Cardin began to extensively license his name for cigarettes, homeware, and furniture. This unique business model ultimately led the brand to be valued at over $10 million in 1990.
In December 2020, it was announced that the French-Italian designer passed away at the age of 98. Not only leaving behind his eponymous label, Cardin would also forever embed his legacy into the fashion lexicon. Whether it be pagoda shoulders at Balmain or angular stripes at Moschino, Cardin's impact on modern fashion is paramount. On what would have been the designer's 99th birthday, L'OFFICIEL remembers five times fashion's greats referenced the iconic designer.