Millions know the iconic logo and ubiquitous signature, but few know the man behind the larger than life label.

David Ebersole and Todd Hughes’ enthralling documentary affords a rare look into the mind of a genius, taking the viewer on a fascinating journey through the incredible life and career of one of fashion’s true icons. Featuring rare footage, House of Cardin recounts his first steps as an employee at Paquin in Paris in 1945, where he worked on the exquisite costumes of Jean Cocteau’s classic Beauty and the Beast, to becoming the head of Christian Dior’s atelier and then founding his own label in 1950.

Combining acute business acumen with an almost unrivalled creation vision, Cardin was a fashion revolutionary whose designs from the 1960s and 70s still appear modern decades later. In what was perceived as a shocking move at the time, he was also the very first designer to branch out from haute couture into ready-to-wear, and expand his range to incorporate fashion accessories – all accepted as standard practice today.

Featuring interviews with a host of famed names including Jean-Paul Gautier, Sharon Stone, Alice Cooper, Naomi Campbell, Philippe Starck, Dionne Warwick, Kenzo Takada, Jean Michel-Jarre and Yumi Katsura, this authorised feature documentary celebrates the genius of a true original, who has granted the directors exclusive access to his archives and empire. Essential viewing for anybody who loves fashion.

This is one doco I just loved and found so insightful about the man and the brand. He was ahead of his time and anyone that was with him knew it.
Must watch its so chic and Piere Cardin
4 half stars

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