Pierre Cardin Sunglasses

Pierre Cardin was born in 1922 to a French couple living in Italy. Cardin discovered his life's passion at an early age and was an apprentice to a clothier at 14 years of age. Three years later he would leave home to work for a tailor in Vichy. He began by dressing women. He fully located to Paris in 1945 where he studied architecture. He gained further experience at Paquin and then worked with Marcelle Chaumont; an assistant to Vionnet. Cardin was then to work with Schiaparelli. The designer would then assist the film maker Jean Cocteau with his vision.

In 1947 Cardin became the head of tailoring at Christian Dior. After three years at Dior, Cardin opened his own house. By 1953 he was producing couture on the Rue Richepanse and debuted with his first collection. A year later 'Eve', a boutique for women was opened which would be matched by its male counterpart 'Adam' in 1957. That same year, Cardin travelled to Japan and became the first couturier to tap into the country's market. The Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the organisation set up originally by Charles Worth and that presided over couture expelled Cardin in 1959. His crime against couture would come to be the norm. Cardin had designed a ready to wear collection for the Printemps department store. Couturiers were only to show within their own Parisian salons. He showed at his own venue but would be reinstated by the Syndicale. His first men's ready to wear line is shown in 1961 and his women's in 1963.

Cardin had been led by an interest in the avant-garde and a youthful image from early on. The success of 1954's bubble dress was to enjoyed again with the 1967 collection that the designer would become known for. Ahead of his time, Cardin was really at home during the sixties with the 'youthquake' that rocked the era as a whole new generation gained a voice. With a space-age influence Cardin produced thoroughly modern designs in heavy woollen jerseys that retained their distinctive shapes. Cardin's originality is underpinned by his having never been restricted by the form, male or female. As well as innovation of the form, Cardin has experimented with different materials, from metal rings to diamonds to nails.

In 1970 Cardin employed Jean Paul Gaultier as an assistant designer. The Metropolitan Museum of Modern art curated a thirty year retrospective of the designer's work in 1980.

Cardin is still designing in his eighties and does not intend to stop. He maintains that his own designs are more avant-garde than the younger designers of our time.

The Pierre Cardin sunglasses collection features classic eyewear. Many of the frames are finished off with smart geometric styling in line with the design house's heritage.

Enjoy classic styling from one of the most revered fashion houses on the planet.