Entrepreneurs: The Designing Man

Pierre Cardin is the Parisian fashion designer who first put models in crash helmets, matched short skirts with colored stockings and more recently dressed men and women in futuristic space suits. Fashion experts rank him among the top five trend-setting designers, along with Yves St. Laurent, Courreges, Ungaro and the House of Dior. As haute couture's top entrepreneur, however, Cardin has no equal.

Cardin shocked the French fashion world when, in 1962, he began to sell copies of his creations. He argued that ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers were already copying Paris creations, "so...

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