When asked to conjure up how they imagine the future of fashion to look, people reliably cite a handful of stylistic themes: sleek bodysuits, architectural details that both modify and exaggerate the human form, and designs free of centuries-old ideas about sex and gender roles. It’s an admirable list, but one which surprisingly (and ironically) draws its framework from the past. If there is one person responsible for constructing the public’s collective idea of tomorrow it is Pierre Cardin, and a new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum about his life and work––entitled Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion––examines his profound, world-shaking legacy.

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