As Pierre Cardin’s leading envoy not just in Newport Saturday but for decades all over the world, Maryse Gaspard personifies the designer’s style. “Cardin clothes give an attitude, a personality, an assurance. I wear Pierre Cardin every day of the year. I come from the school of Cardin,” his muse and head of couture said, “He is very demanding, but it suits me perfectly. With all the responsibility he has bestowed on me, I don’t want to disappoint him.”
Describing him as not only her boss, she said he is also part of her family. Nearing his 95th year, Cardin still doesn’t take vacations, often spends Sundays drawing and cutting on the fifth-floor of his home to prepare for Mondays and starts his day sketching at home at 5 a.m.
WWD: Why is Pierre Cardin so forward thinking?
Maryse Gaspard: It’s just the way he is. He does not live in the past at all. He does something and then it’s, “What’s next?” There is a movement that is always pulling him toward the future. If someone were to ask him to draw something that they saw somewhere, he would say, “No, no — that’s old.” Sometimes he will say, “Even if it’s not
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