Page 10 - 2017 Preservation Society Summer Gazette
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by Ashley Householder Curator of Exhibitions
Currently on exhibition in the second floor galleries at Rosecliff is Pierre Cardin: 70 Years of Innovation, celebrating the talent and vision of one of the world’s most recognized and successful fashion designers.
The exhibition features 42 original fashion examples from
M. Cardin’s private archives comprising his most iconic designs, including the 1960s space-age looks from the Cosmocorps collection, unisex jumpsuits created for the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the technologically-advanced Cardine dress, made of thermo-formed fabric, that was worn by Lauren Bacall in 1968. The looks on view truly represent his prolific career and range in date from the 1950s to his 2016 spring/summer collection.
Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) is a product of immediate post-WWII possibilities and his designs continue to reflect his engagement with
a changing world. Beginning with his haute couture work with Christian Dior in 1946, he helped develop the ‘New Look’ that would forever change mid-twentieth-century fashions. Just four years later Cardin founded his own company, and in 1959, broke with tradition by presenting a ready-to-wear women’s collection. This was a
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