Welcome to a behind the scenes look at the mind of an icon who changed fashion and our world forever. House of Cardin is a documentary which takes fans behind the scenes into the life of Pierre Cardin through archive footage and shows us where his journey began. The question I had going into this film was ‘who is this man Pierre Cardin?’
Some may say today that Pierre Cardin is one of the fashion greats. This documentary introduces us to a man who loved to work and never held back from having big dreams. House of Cardin also includes interviews from the many celebrities that Pierre Cardin influenced and worked with. Some of these celebrities include Jean Paul Gaultier, Philippe Starck, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell, Jenny Shimizu, Dionne Warwick, Guo Pei, Alice Cooper and many more.
As a designer, Pierre Cardin introduced themes such as diversity, and his fashion designs are still relevant today, making him a futurist for his time. But most importantly, the man is a creator of art. If you’re wanting to know how this man thinks and creates, you could be slightly disappointed. Pierre does not share many great insights to his mind, but he does share how he became the famous designer he is known as now and how he grew his empire from scratch. Pierre does kindly provide lots of advice which was very encouraging (even if you are not into fashion personally).
I will confess that I personally was not familiar with this fashion icon or the branding of Pierre Cardin. I am guilty of being a movie lover more than living the life of a male model. After conducting basic research, it was not long until my curiosity to know more about this man grew. I was also interested to see how the director of this documentary would share the life of a 97-year old man in a 95-minute film- something that sounded like a challenge.
The pacing in this documentary is great. At no point did I feel bored or uninterested. It is also shot well with nice editing to compliment it. I am amazed at the amount of original footage the filmmakers were able to get for this documentary. All interviews have clearly been filmed in high resolution and premium quality which I also appreciated while watching.
Overall, while I am personally not into fashion or designing myself, I am surprised to say how much I enjoyed this documentary. I found it to be quite a fascinating story about the industry and it is great to hear about the journey of one man. It is a very enjoyable documentary with heartfelt moments and encouragement for anyone with a passionate heart and a hobby. Now excuse me- I need to visit my local Myers and shop for some Pierre Cardin clothing.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden