Future Fashion

by Joseph McKeown

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at the Brooklyn Museum is the first New York retrospective in forty years of the famous couturier. The exhibition covers the designer’s decades-long career and showcases the daring futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and includes prominent pieces that Cardin designed for “a world that does not exist yet.” Featuring over 170 objects from his atelier and archive, the exhibition presents luxury designs from the 1950s; samples from the 1964 “Cosmocorps” collection, which aimed to streamline menswear by getting rid of excessive detailing; colorful unisex outfits; jackets based on Japanese origami, Chinese architecture, and American football uniforms; “illuminated” jumpsuits and dresses (a favorite of ours); couture eveningwear; and much more. We wanted to try on pretty much everything. The security guards, however, were not too keen.