Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pierre Cardin's Ab Fab Pad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pierre Cardin's Ab Fab Pad

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Designer labels are the norm these days and millions of us love showing off our fashion favourites.

But imagine living during the 1950s when clothing was anonymous, with only the tag inside revealing who designed it, a time when fashion brands were only for the rich.

The designer to break this mould and create one of the first ready-to-wear fashion empires during the 1960s, and who daringly put his own logo on the outside of his clothing, was Pierre Cardin, pictured right.

Best known for his 'bubble dress' created for a world hungry for colour during the drab post-Second World War years, he went on to establish a global fashion empire which endures today and includes jewellery, perfumes and furniture - as well as clothing.

The 96-year-old is still involved in the business and works late into the night designing. …

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