Studied Under Christian Dior... Fashion Designer Pierre Cardin Has Died...

One of fashion's most prolific designers has died at 98

By IFC Junior Fashion Editor: Michaela Chavelis Arroyo

Take the moon and make it fashion. That’s what Pierre Cardin would have done. The celestial icon passed away at the age of 98, leaving us with an eternity of inspiration and future nostalgia. Enlightened by space travel and the universe, Pierre has always pushed the limits and the standards of his designs with bold silhouettes, daring shapes, and ethereal themes of the world beyond. Through his career, Cardin left his mark on fashion titan houses like Dior and all the while building his own empire that would inspire designers like Gareth Pugh, Simon Porte Jacquemus, and Karl Largerfeld. To this day, we still see Cardin as an essential piece of pop culture, through celebrity-studded demand for his work from the likes of Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, and Dua Lipa. His signature “bubble” dress has made an imprint across the fashion industry and has deemed itself timeless with many designers spinning their own interpretations of Cardin’s famous look. And in 1969, Pierre Cardin embraced technology, innovation, and discovery in a way that grabbed the attention of NASA, in the same year man landed on the moon. The savvy space team at NASA took advantage of this visionary and allowed Cardin to use his creativity and passion to push the norms of what was considered a “space” suit. Looking at his legacy, we thank Pierre Cardin for introducing us to a world all his own, bringing us to the moon and back and making us feel starry-eyed for style all over again… even in a year like 2020.