“Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” Brings Space-Age French Design to Brooklyn

Space-agey French fashion has landed in New York—just in time to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar voyage. “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion,” at the Brooklyn Museum, traces the seven-decade career of the 97-year-old fashion designer. The retrospectivem which runs through January 5, 2020, includes some 170 objects dating from the ’50s to today. Of course, Cardin’s clothing is on display, from his iconic 1966 Target dress and Cosmocorps men’s suit from 1968 to his 1992 Parabolic gown. But, alongside archival photographs, sketches, and runway footage, are his lesser-known super-mod furniture designs. In a case of full immersion, Norm, the museum’s café, has been temporarily transformed into a stateside popup of Maxim’s de Paris, the legendary restaurant that opened in 1893 and Cardin purchased in 1981 and still owns today.

A 1970 photograph of Raquel Welch wearing a vinyl miniskirt and necklace and a Plexiglass visor appears in “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion,” at the Brooklyn Museum through January 5. Photography by Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The “Junior Unit” chest by Pierre Cardin, 1979–80, is made of chrome-plated metal and lacquered wood. Photography by Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” at the Brooklyn Museum. Photography by Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE.“Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” at the Brooklyn Museum. Photography by Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum.

> See more from the Fall Homes 2019 issue of Interior Design

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