Cardin was born in Venice to French parents and educated in France. After training as a tailor, he worked for two Paris design houses, Paquin and Schiaparelli. Dior then employed him during the era of the New Look. Many people expected Cardin to succeed Dior, but he left to set up his own firm in 1950.
Pierre Cardin 1960s Museum no. B.92-2009 This dress was made for a young girl of around four years old and was designed by Pierre Cardin specifically to be sold for the American luxury department store, Neiman Marcus in the 1960s. The use of a strong geometric cut and simple colour palette of cream with a red stylised heart-shaped motif and border make this a recognisable Cardin-designed dress.
Museum no. T.76A-1974
Museum no. T.260-1983
Machine embroidered organdy backed with crepe, and organza
Museum no. T.324&A-1978
PVC plastic with fabric lining and metal
Museum no. T.667:1, 2-1997
Woollen jersey, with patent leather belt and boots
Museum no. T.703 to C-1974