Part of SFFILM Festival
House of Cardin
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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
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).
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).
Language French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, English
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
Utopia / Circle Collective