In French, glasses are “lunettes”, and in that word you find the moon (“lune”). Is that the reason Pierre Cardin designed the most cosmic glasses of the fashion world, back in the early seventies? Smiling wryly behind his big black desk, the designer and successful businessman nods his head:“This pair is very much a comet. It conjures up the cosmos”. A tip of the hat from today’s artist to the artist of yesterday. Back when his enlightened mind lived in seventh heaven,wherefrom he got his inspiration to create his Cosmo Body.
And as an inventor. And as a diplomat. And as a creator. That explains it. Is it because he was born in Venice that he invented the Masked Glasses? Is it Cocteau and Christian Bérard’s influence that made him cover people’s faces, before clothing bodies? Cardin knows all, Cardin tried it all, Cardin with his glasses sees all.
His mind is sharp and he has killer instinct. Ambassador to UNESCO, he shared messages of tolerance around the world,shaking hands with Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro and Indira Gandhi. As a designer, he dressed Eva Peron, Brigitte Bardot and Charlotte Rampling, to name but a few. As a film producer, he gave Gerard Depardieu his start in movies. Today he’s about to become a winemaker. He is the first to have brought Haute Couture to a department store. To have brought back from America science-fiction inspired dresses and “computer coats”. And as if the humanoid bodies that we are weren’t enough, Cardin also “dressed” cars, planes and furniture. It’s no surprise he’s considered a pioneer in the field of by-products. Or that a simple accessory can be a super star, shining bright in the cosmos. His eyeglasses are thus his own hot-iron brand. “Glasses, everybody wears them, at east to protect themselves from the sun. For some, they can be just as essential as the face that wears them, deriving all their purpose, style and beauty from that one key accessory. To think that during childhood, glasses can create a sense of shame and exclusion. While during adulthood, they can be such a source of distinction!” He wears his like no else. For his face is as sharp as his personality, as sharp as the cut of his dresses... And as sharp as his talent.
Delphine de Malherbe