Noted French fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98; Indian fashion community pay tributes



The first futurist designer, a thought leader and an empowered person who led radical changes in fashion is how the Indian fashion community remembers legendary French designer Pierre Cardin.

Pierre Cardin died on December 29, at 98.

He was also one of the few first international designers who brought their clothing lines to India where he was a popular name in the 1980s and ‘90s.

Veteran actor-host Simi Garewal said Cardin was always in the “forefront in designing”.

“I was dressed in a sari. In French, he kept saying I looked beautiful during the photoshoot,” Garewal told agencies.


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Designer Tarun Tahiliani said the first-ever fashion show he watched as a young man living in Mumbai was Cardin’s and recalled how his wife Sailaja was selected as one of the models for the icon’s show.

“That’s how I ended up seeing my first ever fashion show of any consequence. And I sketched for a day and night. I then knew this is what I wanted to do,” he told agencies.

Celebrity designer Manish Malhotra called Cardin’s death “the end of an era”.

Cardin was a visionary who made a brave move deemed controversial in the late 1950s when he started licensing products, such as pens, wallets and furniture, using his brand name.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)