The first mini-skirt

The first mini-skirt

The first mini-skirt

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, best known for his futuristic and avant-garde Couture, had heard of how I had found a partner for Mulberry and after years of trying to sell parts of his global licensing empire, had one of his people contact me. I thought the famous Pierre Cardin had been dead for ages. The next day, however, I was having lunch with him and my boss at the legendary Paris restaurant Maxim’s, which he owned.

Knowing of my genuine passion for luxury craftsmanship, Mr. Cardin gave me a personal mandate to find a buyer for his Couture house. For a year and a half I commuted from London to Paris on a regular basis to meet with his employees and anyone involved with the mythical name. 

What will stay with me forever is the total fascination that I developed for someone whom I didn’t even think was that friendly. Pierre Cardin gave me access to his personal archive of the hundreds of Haute Couture pieces he had created in the sixties and seventies and despite his more recent reputation for giving out licenses to South Korean loo paper manufacturers or Malaysian polyester T-shirt producers, I could see that the man once had pure genius.

The lines were so pure. The unconventional mix of fabrics which he described to me in detail. It was more to do with his passion than wanting to please me, I knew that. Still, I felt honoured. And of course, he showed me his favourite piece: the first ever mini-skirt in the history of fashion: Definitely one of my moments of grace. Shared with you mes amies.

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