House of Cardin (12A)

House of Cardin (12A)

Director: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Runtime: 1hr 38m

Cast: Pierre Cardin, Rodrigo Basilicati, Kenzō Takada, Sharon Stone, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Philippe Starck, Naomi Campbell, Jean-Michel Jarre, Alice Cooper, Dionne Warwick, Kenzo Takada

Synopsis: Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature, but few know the man behind the larger-than-life label. Ultimately, we seek to answer the question: Who is Pierre Cardin? What is the story behind this legendary icon? ‘House of Cardin’ is a rare peek into the mind of a genius, an authorized feature documentary chronicling the life and design of Cardin. A true original, Mr. Cardin has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and his empire, and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv92YxFDWZM

Filmmakers P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes examine the extraordinary life and career of legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who died, aged 98, on 29 December 2020.

With exclusive access to Pierre Cardin’s archives and his empire, the film features a rare glimpse into the mind of a genius, chronicling the life and design of Cardin – a design and brand influencer years ahead of his time.   

Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature, but few know the man behind the larger-than-life label. Visionary designer Pierre Cardin tells how he changed the world of fashion. Incredible archival footage takes us back to a time when it was unthinkable for a high fashion designer to sell to the masses. Cardin’s spirit and his drive are inspirational.

Fashion aficionados should appreciate this documentary about the legendary Italian/French designer, which provides a thorough career retrospective. There is much to explore from his career – from the boldness of his experimental women’s lines during the 1950s to his influential ideas on business and branding within the industry and beyond. The film’s 98-year-old subject provides insight, and other interviewees – from Dionne Warwick to Alice Cooper – praise Cardin’s talent and longevity.

For lovers of colour, creativity and design, this film is a compelling study of decades of couture history through Pierre Cardin – a name in fashion, who brought innovation and inspiration that is still felt today.

Streaming on digital channels

Images courtesy of Blue Finch Films