Pierre Cardin Gets His Star in Palm Springs

The Italian-born French Fashion Futurist is honored at Modernism Week.

via Muse Magazine, Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, Courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum

Pierre Cardin turned 97 last summer and he’s still going strong, sketching new designs every day in his office on Paris’s rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.  The unrepentant nonagenerian has changed the rules of fashion and design and is enjoying a recent resurgence.  After 60+ fashion forward years pushing the boundaries of style, culture, and imagination, Pierre Cardin is being honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and a special screening of House of Cardin, a documentary about his life.

Cardin has been one of the names most closely tied to space-age fashion, and his contemporary collections still question what the future will look like. He once said, “In 2069, we will all walk on the moon or Mars wearing my ‘Cosmocorps’ ensembles. Women will wear Plexiglas cloche hats and tube clothing, men will be wearing elliptical pants and kinetic tunics.”

In 2069, we will all walk on the moon or mars wearing my ‘Cosmocorps’ ensembles.  Women will wear Plexiglas cloche hats and tube clothing, men will be wearing elliptical pants and kinetic tunics.

Last summer, the Brooklyn Museum’s Pierre Cardin “Future Fashion” retrospective explored the peaks and pinnacles of his 70-year career, but what the multimedia exhibition highlighted more than anything was the designer’s forward thinking.

In October, Pierre Cardin released their 2020 Spring-Summer collection with a theme of evolution at Aranya in North China’s Hebei Province. The striking, theatrical production further underscored the designer’s continued future-forward explorations.  Be sure to watch it.

The star dedication takes place on Thursday, February 20th.  In Palm Springs in 1986, Mr. Cardin built the first and only Maxim’s de Paris Suite Hotel (now the Hyatt Palm Springs).  Rodrigo Basilicati Cardin, Mr. Cardin’s nephew and GM/Artistic Director of Pierre Cardin Paris, will accept the honor on Mr. Cardin’s behalf. P David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, the filmmakers of House of Cardin, will be on hand to present.  Find out how to attend the star dedication here.

House of Cardin is a rare peek into the mind of a genius and his epic design empire, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire, and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career. The documentary features Pierre Cardin, Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dionne Warwick, Philippe Starck and many other notables in the fashion industry, including Palm Springs’ favorite designer, Trina Turk.  Directed and produced by Palm Springs residents, P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (Ebersole Hughes Company), the film premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation, and with Pierre Cardin in attendance.  Get your tickets to the screening on Friday, February 21 here.

My favorite garment is the one I invent for a life that does not yet exist, the world of tomorrow. – Pierre Cardin