MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
French haute-couture is orphaned by its dean and one of its most avant-garde minds. Pierre Cardin, who invented some of the century’s most iconic silhouettes, passed away at the age of 98.
Born Pietro Cardini, he was the last of ten children of a transalpine farming couple who fled Mussolini’s Italy. A Red Cross accountant and apprentice tailor as a teenager, he discovered the art of aligning numbers and buttonholes. But rather he wanted to break the lines, feeling his pencil bubbling with silhouettes, his hands swarming with shapes and materials. If he couldn’t help but keep in the back of his mind the prophecy of a clairvoyant who predicted that his name would float to the four winds of the world, he believed in his work and his talent even more. Arrived in Paris in 1945, he proved himself with Jeanne Paquin, Elsa Schiaparelli, then Christian Dior, where he participated in the impetus of the New Look. Five years later, he opened his own house and spearheaded it in an atypical and futuristic fashion unlike any other, which never ceased to inspire subsequent generations, notably Jean-Paul Gaultier, his assistant and his emulator.
Playing with scissors and pins like others with chisels and hammers, he then fashioned hybrid silhouettes that resembled the robot and the bubble, the diving-suit and the butterfly, like his dresses with portholes or hoops, with bright colors and sculptural volumes. Defender of the standardization of clothing, of which jeans were for him the hated standard, he thought of the dress as an artist, reasoned volume, space, without ever feeling constrained by the natural shape of the body, which he saw as a white canvas . Far from conforming to the silhouettes, his clothes modeled them.
Pierre Cardin also had the ambition to embrace ever wider fields. So he pioneered the way of ready-to-wear and designed the first haute-couture collection for men. Through the licensing system, which he was also the first to put in place amid the shouting cries of scandalized fashion houses, he affixed his name to perfumes like dolls and boxes of chocolates, and made the same with the Maxim’s brand which he included in his empire. Geographical borders did not hold it back any more than economic sectorizations. He was in India, in Japan, in China, an ambassador of the French couture carried to the skies. Not content with shaking up the codes of fashion, he practiced diplomacy in his own way, organizing a fashion show in the heart of the Forbidden City in the 70s, a renewed coup on Red Square for the Fête de la jeunesse universitaire .
His boldness made his works of design icons exhibited in museums. They interacted with all the arts, from cinema, for which he dressed the stars and designed the costumes, to architecture, because his villa on the Riviera, the Palais Bulle, the setting for his parades, was a futuristic hymn to contemporary art. . Pierre Cardin was also a tireless patron of artistic creation, from dance to opera, and bought the Château de Lacoste, formerly the property of the Marquis de Sade, to found an annual festival of lyrical art and theater. A goodwill ambassador to the UN, he said his raison d’être was to spread out to serve as many people as possible.
The President of the Republic and his wife salute the memory of a unique creator whose windows a stone’s throw from the Elysee Palace remind them daily of his visionary genius. They extend their sincere condolences to those close to him as well as to all those he dressed or inspired.
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