At 92, Pierre Cardin Launches His Museum

Last night, Pierre Cardin — who’s 92! — launched his museum in Paris. Or rather, he relocated his private exhibition space, Espace Cardin, from the outskirts of the city, where it was rarely visited over four decades, to a former tie factory in the Marais neighborhood. So technically, it marks the first time that a Cardin exhibit has been staged in central Paris. Decades of space-age designs, roughly 200 pieces in all, dot the sprawling space.

Cardin began his 60-year career at the age of 14, moving to postwar Paris to apprentice at Paquin and Schiaparelli before joining Christian Dior. In 1950, after failing to land a job with Balenciaga, he set up on his own house and, in 1959, debuted a ready-to-wear collection, the first couturier to do so, arguably. He later signed nearly 300 licenses that, when he sold them in 2011, made him one of the wealthiest men in France.

Here are some of his more iconic designs from the 1960s…

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