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Pierre Cardin

Discussion in 'WWII Era Obituaries (non-military service)' started by GRW, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Born Pietro Cardin on July 2, 1922 in San Biagio Di Callalta, near Venice, Cardin moved to France at the age of two and grew up in the central city of Saint-Etienne.
    The youngest of 11 children, at aged 17 he went to work for a tailor in nearby Vichy, which was under Nazi rule at the time, while also working for the Red Cross.
    In his youth he dreamt for a time of becoming an actor, doing some work on the stage as well as modelling and dancing professionally.
    In 1944, he arrived in Paris and began working under established designers Jeanne Paquin and Elsa Schiaparelli.
    That same year, Cardin met French artists Jean Cocteau and Christian BĂ©rard, with whom he would design the costumes and masks for Cocteau's celebrated film version of Beauty and the Beast.
    In 1946, he joined the house of the then-unknown Christian Dior as a tailor shortly before Dior revolutionised post-war fashion with his 'New Look'."
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