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Suit (jacket and trousers)

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Suit (jacket and trousers)

c. 1975

Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin
Brown houndstooth wool knit; 3-button single-breasted jacket with rolling-down lapels; trousers with leather side stripes and zippers at hem of each pant leg.
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Richard Weller
Inventory Number(s)
AC10383 2000-42-3AD

This suit has houndstooth fabric with leather trimming, and zippers at the hem of each pant leg. Instead of a shirt, it is paired with a turtleneck sweater. It presents a slender silhouette overall. Born near Venice in Italy, Pierre Cardin grew up in France, and moved to Paris after acquiring tailoring skills. He studied haute couture at Paquin and Dior before establishing his own haute couture brand in 1953. Having long designed avant-garde fashion, and quickly sensing the direction of the times, Cardin began designing men’s clothing in 1960, presenting a menswear collection such as his “cylinder” line. Cardin was a leading designer who created many possibilities for diverse suit designs. In this slender suit can be seen influences from the Mod style, which had become popular again, and other trends fashionable at the time.