These quality 1980s vintage earrings by Pierre Cardin are in great condition with a good weight and quality. They are stamped with the Pierre Cardin escargot logo and makers mark on the inside of each clip-on earring. A glossy silver square frame is offset by a faux sapphire-coloured crystal in the centre. Each earring is 1.5 centimetres (approximately 0.5 inches) in diameter. Timeless, elegant and stylish….
About the designer: Pierre Cardin
Italian-born and French-naturalised designer Pierre Cardin was one of the most prominent designers of the 20th century. He moved to Paris in his early 20s in 1945, studying architecture and working in fashion houses, including with Elsa Schiaparelli. In 1947, he was head tailor at Christian Dior’s fashion house, before founding his own house in 1950, creating haute couture collections in 1953. In the 1960s, he pioneered the practice of creating licenses his name and became the first designer to display his name or logo on garments. His success in ready-to-wear grew and he was the first to combine the mini skirt and the maxi skirt of the 1970s. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was instrumental in creating the ‘Space Age’ look of the era, pursuing his fascination with space travel and exploration – even visiting NASA in the United States in 1970, trying on an original spacesuit worn by astronaut Neil Armstrong. Cardin then created his own design for NASA in 1970. In the 1970s, he was pivotal in the ‘mod chic’ trend. He created dresses with slits and batwing sleeves, contrasting geometric shapes with circular and straight lines. In both 1977 and 1979, he was awarded the Cartier Golden Thimble by French haute couture for the most creative collection of the season.