An Evening with House of Pierre Cardin


An intimate evening with Pierre Cardin

Panel discussion with the House of Pierre Cardin team. Photo by FGI Dallas


TCU Fashion Merchandising students and faculty joined the Fashion Group International of Dallas for an intimate evening with the renowned fashion brand House of Pierre Cardin. Pierre Cardin revolutionized the fashion industry with avant-garde designs inspired by the Space Age and the infinite possibilities of the future. Cardin’s genius and creativity brought global acclaim, eventually becoming the first couturier on the cover of Time Magazine. The evening included a panel discussion with the Cardin team and an exclusive screening of the documentary “House of Cardin.”

“It was a one-of-a-kind experience to hear Rodrigo talk about the House of Pierre Cardin and its goal to gain a fresh look by also keeping its heritage alive.” – Catherine Hernandez, Fashion Merchandising ’24

Fashion Merchandising students with Rodrigo Basilicati-Cardin, president and artistic director of House of Pierre Cardin.

From left to right: Dazani Price, Catherine Hernandez, Rodrigo Basilicati-Cardin, Ari Chacon and Hannah Lytle

The panel discussion included several influential members of the House of Pierre Cardin team, including:

  • Rodrigo Basilicati-Cardin, president and artistic director
  • Matthew Gonder, licensing director for the US and Canada
  • Jan Strimple, one of the first Pierre Cardin models

Fern Mallis, the former Council of Fashion Designers of America executive director, founder of the New York Fashion Week and director of IMG, was the moderator for the panel.

“House of Cardin” is a rare glimpse into Pierre Cardin’s life with archival footage and interviews with the legendary designer. “The documentary was truly inspirational and covered Pierre Cardin’s life beginning in Italy and his family’s move to France during WWI,” said Fashion Merchandising Department Chair Sally Fortenberry.

“I am confident our students, as I did, left the event inspired by all that Pierre Cardin has accomplished throughout his life’s work.”