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Day ensemble - Cosmos

Cosmos

  • Object:

    Day ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (designed)

  • Date:

    1967 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.75 to F-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cardin's bold futuristic clothes were largely designed for active young women. In 1966 The Observer newspaper said of Cardin's designs: 'His contribution to modern living may be practical but it's rather a shock.' From the mid 1960s until about 1971 Cardin favoured heavyweight woollen jerseys for his avant-garde designs. This fabric allowed free movement, but at the same time was sufficiently rigid to maintain the clear-cut shapes.

This 'space suit' forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection. With great energy and determination Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) contacted designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.

Physical description

Day ensemble of red wool jersey tabard, black roll neck sweater, brown tinted plastic visor, black vinyl boots, black wool cap, black wool tights; French, 1967.

Place of Origin

Paris (designed)

Date

1967 (designed)

Artist/maker

Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)

Object history note

This 'space suit' forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.With great energy and determination the late Sir Cecil Beaton contacted designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to bring this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue which detailed its enormous range (catalogue number 41, page 20)

Descriptive line

Day ensemble of red wool jersey tabard, black roll neck sweater, brown tinted plastic visor, black vinyl boots, black wool cap, black wool tights; French, 1967.

Categories

Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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