'Cosmos' ensemble, Pierre Cardin

'Cosmos' ensemble, Pierre Cardin

'Cosmos' ensemble
Pierre Cardin (born 1922)
1967
Paris
Woollen jersey with applied vinyl (dress), knitted ribbed wool (sweater), vinyl (accessories)
Museum no. T.75 to F-1974
Given by the designer

Cardin's bold futuristic clothes were largely designed for active young women. In 1966 The Observer newspaper said of Cardin's designs: 'His contribution to modern living may be practical but it's rather a shock.' From the mid 1960s until about 1971 Cardin favoured heavyweight woollen jerseys for his avant-garde designs. This fabric allowed free movement, but at the same time was sufficiently rigid to maintain the clear-cut shapes.

This 'space suit' forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection. With great energy and determination Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) contacted designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.