Monday, December 20, 2010

Maison Cardin

Pierre Cardin is an Italian born French fashion designer, who was born on July 7, 1922, a San Biagio di Callalta near Treviso.

Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the "bubble dress" in 1954.

Pierre Cardin was also designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.

On 16 October 2009, Pierre Cardin was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Cardin moved to Paris in 1945. There, he studied architecture and worked with Jeanne Paquin after the war. He worked with Elsa Schiaparelli until he became head of Christian Dior’s 's tailleure atelier in 1947, but was denied work at Balenciaga. He founded his own house in 1950. His career was launched when he designed about 30 of the costumes for "the party of the century", a masquarade ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice on 3 September 1951, hosted by the palazzo's owner, Carlos Beistegui. He began with haute couture in 1953.

Cardin was the first couturier to turn to Japan as a high fashion market when he travelled there in 1959.


The idea behind the project was new open a new flagship store in NYC. This new store will be called “Maison Cardin” and will operate as a free-standing object within the urban context. The program will include the store itself, showrooms, an exhibition space, small performance area that will recall the aura of the “Space Cardin” The building will reflect the projection of the brand into the future.

Second Year Studio. Texas A&M University. College of Architecture.

Critic: Gabriel Esquivel.