House of Cardin

Director: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes
2019 | USA | 97m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Arts & Literature | Biography/History | Documentary | Gay
SECTION: Documentary | Famous Faces
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director P David Ebersole and director Todd Hughes

In a film as bubbly and vibrant as its subject at hand, filmmaking duo P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes (Mansfield 66/67, Frameline41; Hit So Hard, Frameline35) shift their cameras toward self-made fashion genius Pierre Cardin.

Italian-born and French-cultured, Cardin carved a name (and a fashion house) for himself, following notable work designing costumes for Jean Cocteau’s 1946 masterpiece Beauty and the Beast and guidance from friend Christian Dior. House of Cardin traces the man many within the film will refer to as a genius from his early days to the formation of his own company in 1950 to his blissful current existence at the age of 97. With interviewees as wide-ranging as Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Alice Cooper, Dionne Warwick, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Jenny Shimizu, this up-tempo homage celebrates Cardin’s idea of global fashion and his pioneering attempts to diversify the catwalks of Paris with women of color modeling his signature looks.


Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm Saturday, June 27 followed by the Q&A.

Bank of America

Alliance Française de San Francisco,

  • Language: English, French, Italian, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: Bay Area