Designer Pierre Cardin French, born Italy

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This suit demonstrates Cardin's penchant for creating dramatic form from cloth. He extended the conventions of strict tailoring to incorporate a soft peplum with a controlled gathering that reveals his understanding of the balance and grain of fabric. His predisposition to an architectonic approach is evident in his shoulder and sleeve treatment. Cardin's innovation in the 1950s was his ability to think in terms both of fashion subtlety and semaphore, seeking the graphic emblem without vitiating the qualities of tailoring.

Suit, Pierre Cardin (French (born Italy), San Biagio di Callalta 1922–2020 Neuilly), wool, French

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