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“My” Pierre Cardin

“My” Pierre Cardin

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As soon as she was informed about the death of her close friend Pierre Cardin at the American Hospital in Paris, the General Consul of Greece Mrs. Mero Kececioglu burst into tears.

The charismatic man who had the touch of God and managed to penetrate the minds and the hearts of the people through his inspired costumes passed away.

PIERRE CARDIN was not just a friend but a brother, not a popular designer not even a simple acquaintance, he was the man who entrusted his prêt-à-porter collection to be presented to the Athenian public so that to support her philanthropic work in Africa and in Greece.

He was not afraid of death as he was a strong believer of life after death.

As a man was very dynamic and a great fighter.

They met together at a United Nations reception as they were both good will ambassadors of UNAIDS, fighting against the disease of Aids, both very philanthropist and altruistic.

Immediately, a strong friendship developed between them, a so called ‘’chemistry’’ developed that lasted for many, many years!

According to Pierre Cardin, ’’the woman was a dignity” says Mero Kececioglu, “a deity who must be treated as a strong personality. Her body must be emphasized, the woman must feel free from the conservative image and monotonous dress code.’’

Despite the fact he loved Italian cuisine and especially Italian salami, he lived ascetically and looked after his diet. He stayed healthy overall as he never smoked or drank during his lifetime.

He never had children which was something made him to act like a father to his models behaving with affection and love. As a result, his models adored him as much as his creations.

He was very generous, protective as well as helpful to young artists who wanted to distinguish in any kind of field.

He respected the people of the spirit, the titulus and the kings and he worried when he thought of the French loss of monarchy.

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His important friendship with Mero led him to adore Greece and especially Athens which he visited as many times as it was necessary to attend his fashion shows developed in the Peristyle of the Zappeion Megaron as well as the theatrical performances he directed and edited the costumes.

“I am very sad to have lost a dear friend who despite the distance, we had a special connection and friendship which I am not sure I will be able to relive again.”

He was very strict with himself, very perfectionist, as he attended the rehearsals. At the same time, he was gracious, kind, warm, friendly and humble.

 A distinctive example of his simplicity was “when we waited for him at the airport’s VIP Lounge to take him to his hotel with a limousine, for a fashion show in Athens, but he had already taken a taxi,” she remembers with surprise. “When we realized that he was at the hotel as he exited the elevator, he told us that we wanted to speak to the taxi driver to find out about everyday life in Athens.”

The Acropolis was one of his favorite sightseeing spots, as he could gaze at Athens from above, and loved to dine at Dionysos restaurant and have traditional Greek delicacies.

He loved to make grandiose and ambitious plans, even until the last day of his life at the hospital.

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