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Part of SFFILM Festival

House of Cardin

Directed by P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

France | Documentary | 97

11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm
SFMOMA 151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
14 Apr
Tue, Apr 14 at 8:30 pm


Before the phrase “early adopter” existed, Pierre Cardin was one: The first designer of haute couture to make ready-to-wear for the masses, a pioneer of hiring models of color and in expanding his brand far beyond fashion. This engaging documentary makes the case for Cardin as a creative genius over two centuries. Evidence includes interviews with the still active nonagenarian himself, as well as his associates, models, and customers. But the biggest proof is in the survey of Cardin’s fashions that are as modern today as they were more than 50 years ago.

“For most of its fleet, peppy running time this is a valentine, and a lavishly illustrated one at that—with a wealth of archive photography and catwalk footage serving as a healthy reminder to younger viewers … of the witty, subversive modernism that drove his original creative sensibility.” –Guy Lodge, Variety

Director P. David Ebersole

P. David Ebersole won the American Film Institute, USA’s Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award and Frameline’s Stolichnaya Rising Star Award for his short Death in Venice, CA (1994). He made his documentary feature debut with Vampire Queens from Hell (1996). Among his other films are Straight Right (2000), Hit So Hard (2011), and Mansfield 66/67 (2017). For television, he has directed episodes of Desire (2006), Wicked Wicked Games (2006-2007), and Vintage Los Angeles TV (2014-2015).

Director Todd Hughes

Todd Hughes is a producer and director whose work includes Wapper (1975), Incense and Peppermints (1981), Reflection of Evil (1989), L.A. on $5 a Day (1989), The Chick’s a Dick (1991), The New Woman (2001), the documentary series Vintage Los Angeles TV (2014-2015), and Mansfield 66/67 (2017).

Film Details

Language French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, English

Year 2019

Runtime 97

Country France/USA

Director P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

Producer P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes, Cori Coppola

Editor Mel Mel Sukekawa-Mooring, Brad Comfort

Cinematographer Laurent King

Music James Peter Moffatt