To the Moon!

Celebrate the Moon Landing Anniversary with Pierre Cardin and Moon-Themed Accessories

 By Lauren Parker

Raquel Welch in a Pierre Cardin outfit featuring a miniskirt and necklace in blue vinyl, worn with a plexiglas visor, 1970. Image courtesy of Iconic Images. © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images

Raquel Welch in a Pierre Cardin outfit featuring a miniskirt and necklace in blue vinyl, worn with a plexiglas visor, 1970. Image courtesy of Iconic Images. © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images

Feeling a bit spacey? You should be. This past Saturday, July 20, 2019, was the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing, and suddenly space exploration and futuristic fashion is trending again. Plant your flag in this movement by checking out the Brooklyn Museum’s space-age fashion retrospective Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, running through January 5, 2020. And don’t forget to wear moon and star-themed accessories.  

 The exhibition launched the day of the moon landing’s 50th anniversary, and should a starting point for your own moon-themed journey. It features over 170 objects from the 1950s to today, including haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, accessories, photographs and other items from the Pierre Cardin archive.

During the heyday of the 1960s space race, Pierre Cardin went where no man had gone before, making futuristic designs part of the fashion vernacular. A radical step for a designer at that time, and it’s always fun to see how the future was imagined by the past. One look at his 1964 gender neutral “Cosmocorps” bodysuits, jumpsuits and unitards, plus “Porthole” dresses, helmet-like hats, goggle-like glasses and space age-y materials showed how far ahead of his time he was. Even sci-fi TV series like Star Trek or the animated The Jetsons riffed off Cardin’s designs, and the show features clips from television, documentaries and feature films that help to put Cardin’s visionary work in a larger historical context.

 “Pierre Cardin is truly a 20th century renaissance man whose work has advanced fashion and design while continuously giving society a new and breathtaking vision of what the future might look like,” says Matthew Yokobosky, the Brooklyn Museum’s Senior Curator of Fashion and Materials Culture.

 The show is an accessory aficionado’s dream, filled with dramatic items of all categories. Patent leather figures in prominently, from gloves to belts to boots. Vinyl eyewear, created in the 1970s, also evokes the space age. Other accessories featured space-age moon boots, leather gloves with futuristic logos, and bold jewelry suitable for any space tribe.

Pierre Cardin two-tone jersey dresses, with vinyl waders, 1969. Photo: Yoshi Takata. © Pierre Pelegry

Pierre Cardin two-tone jersey dresses, with vinyl waders, 1969. Photo: Yoshi Takata. © Pierre Pelegry

Pierre Cardin eyewear, 1970, featured at “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” on giant lightboxes provided by Chargeurs. Photo: Lauren Parker

Pierre Cardin eyewear, 1970, featured at “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” on giant lightboxes provided by Chargeurs. Photo: Lauren Parker

Gloves around the Pierre Cardin "Escargot" logo, mid-1960s. (Photo: Yoshi Takata. Courtesy of Archives Pierre Cardin. © Archives Pierre Cardin)

Gloves around the Pierre Cardin "Escargot" logo, mid-1960s. (Photo: Yoshi Takata. Courtesy of Archives Pierre Cardin. © Archives Pierre Cardin)

ACCESSORIES COUNCIL MEMBERS GET MOON MANIA

 Accessories Council members are also getting caught up in the spirit of the moon landing, with a broad variety of moon and celestial-themed scarves, jewelry and other accessories.

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Echo’s 100% 36-inch silk scarf captures the fascination with the moon. The design is screen printed from original watercolor paintings by its artist in residence.

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RJ Graziano’s Moonglow necklace features a crystal pave crescent balanced with a bold starburst on the chain.

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Ela Rae’s 14K reversible Love You to the Moon and Back with white zircon shows just how deep one’s love can go!

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Face Alex Woo’s sterling silver Mini Addition crescent moon studs in different directions and you can wear elegantly simplistic waxing and waning moons at the same time.

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Betsey Johnson handbag with aurora borealis sequined stars and hearts.

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Auburn Jewelry’s simple sterling and black enamel moon design evokes an eclipse. Available in 16 colors, but we love the black!

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Deepa Gurnani’s crescent moon earrings from its Seduction Collection feature a broad spectrum of colors and metal fringe, showing just how seductive the moon can be!

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