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Man's ensemble - Cosmos


  • Object:

    Man's ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)
    Pierre Cardin Mesures (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woollen jersey, with patent leather belt and boots

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.703 to C-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Monsieur Cardin regarded his 'Cosmos outfits' as the style of the year. This outfit forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection, brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help 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

White wool jersey tunic, sleeveless, with metal zippers, worn over black ribbed poloneck sweater and black jersey ski trousers. Leather belt with lead buckle and black patent leather ankle boots with large circular pattern tops.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1967 (made)


Pierre Cardin, born 1922 (designer)
Pierre Cardin Mesures (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Woollen jersey, with patent leather belt and boots


Height: 23 cm Shoe's height, Width: 10.2 cm Shoe's width, Length: 30.5 cm Shoe's length

Descriptive line

Man's ensemble of white wool jersey tunic, black wool jersey trousers, black wool roll neck sweater, black leather belt, black ankle boots; French, 1967.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Men in Space
In the 1960s, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin tapped into the vogue for space-age style and championed the return of the boot. His bold, futuristic designs for active young men and women featured shiny, show-stopping boots that were also practical. Materials for footwear underwent radical changes in this period. The zipper closure became
a fashion feature and was quickly copied by many other manufacturers.

Men’s ankle boots
Pierre Cardin
Patent leather
Given by Pierre Cardin
V&A: T.703D&E-1974 [2015-2016]

Production Note

Autumn/Winter 1967


Wool jersey; Patent leather; Lead; Metal


Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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